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Azelia - Barolo, San Rocco 2012


  • Country: Italy
  • Wine Region: Piedmont
  • Wine Area: Barolo
  • Wine Maker: Luigi Scavino
  • Grape: Nebbiolo
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now- 2024
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2005) VS: 92 (2005) JR: 17 (2005) WS: 95 (2005) JS: 95 (2005)

Wine tasting notes

A first class single vineyard from the Serralunga commune whose wines are very distinct from those of Bricco Fiasco, showing this zone’s tell-tale signs of liquorice, spice and dark fruits. The 2005 is bold, classic stuff, sturdy but showing great balance too, rich bramble and black cherry fruits, strong flavours of dark chocolate with a high cocoa percentage, there is significantly more structure here than the other Crus but this is far from unwieldy so smothered is it in fruit, whilst the acids are fresh and lively. A blockbuster.

Winery Information


Luigi Scavino, cousin and neighbour of Piemonte legend Enrico Scavino, is typical of the modern Piedmont producer: no expense is spared as new oak is used for the top wines, yields are low and the sparkling new fermenting vats are of stainless steel. He produces a superb Dolcetto planted at 500 metres above sea level on a south facing slope and his oak-aged Barbera is extremely fine too. All of his Nebbiolo holdings are spread out over the Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga regions where the.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2005)92 pts

Wine Advocate # 182. Apr 2009. Reviewer : Antonio Galloni. The 2005 Barolo San Rocco screams with the essence of Serralunga in its dark fruit, spices, licorice and sweet French oak. Today the wine is massive, but its inner sweetness occasionally makes an appearance, with pretty balsamic nuances that emerge from behind a wall of imposing tannins. The San Rocco lacks a little polish, but much of that should come with time. I would not be surprised to see this bottle merit a higher score in a few years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2005)92 pts

Nov/Dec 09. By Stephen Tanzer. Good medium red. Bright aromas of plum, tobacco, marzipan and licorice. Tightly wound and rather sinewy today, dominated by its strong acid/tannin spine. Tough going at present, even a bit astringent on the back end. This chewy young Barolo reminded me of a big young Taurasi. Is it too tannic for its own good? (2005)17 pts

Tasted Oct 2012 - Mid ruby. Lively nose – much the best Azelia wine in this collection. Dried roses. Then considerable fruit still. For those who like their Barolo beefy! Tangy finish.

Wine Spectator (2005)95 pts

Issue: July 31, 2009 - Shows ripe strawberry aromas, with sandalwood and violet. Full-bodied, with big, juicy and velvety tannins. Round and beautiful. Long and flavorful. Complex. Best after 2013. 510 cases made. ?JS

James Suckling (2005)95 pts

Insane nose of white truffles and dark fruits that sparks the appetite. A deep, chewy, large wine with a lot going on. A little tight at the moment but the nose tells me that this is a serious wine not to be taken lightly. Should be hitting its stride in 2013.

Vinification Notes

Ageing : 18 months in small barrels, followed by 6 months in large casks.