92 out of 100
by Monica Larner
Aromas of coal dust and tar with a distinctly savory, stony edge and nuances of dried herb-wrapped cherries. The acidity is assertive and delivers a strong burst of red plum-pit flavor, ahead of chalky, smooth tannins. Nice balance. Try from 2022 - 92 points Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
"This is an enriched expression that shows the intensity and tightness of Nebbiolo with just a margin of the immediate softness and accessibility of this warm vintage. The Azelia 2015 Barolo comes together well on the palate with nice precision and focus. This is a blend of fruit from seven different small vineyards, with about one-third from Castiglione Falletto and the rest from Serralunga d'Alba (largely from the Cerretta and Broglio crus). Some 22,000 bottles were made. -- Luigi Scavino and his family own vineyards in both Castiglione Falletto (Bricco Fiasco with sandy soils) and Serralunga d'Alba (Margheria, San Rocco and Bricco Voghera for the Riserva)." Drink 2020 - 2035 92/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner
"Azelia's 2015 Barolo is a very pretty, delicate wine built on aromatic lift and a light to medium-bodied sense of structure. Dried cherry, orange peel, mint and dried flowers all grace this expressive, nuanced Barolo. Azelia's straight Barolo is all about understatement, but it has enough depth to drink well for another decade or so. Vineyard sites are Solanotto, Altenaso, Broglio, Cerrati, Bricco Voghera and Cerretta." Drink 2019 - 2027, 89/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous
'It’s a great year, clearly the best since 2010, perhaps better. Buy some and see for yourself.' Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com.au
'Azelia remains one of my favourite under-the-radar producers in Piedmont. Proprietor Luigi Scavino fashions gorgeous wines from his vineyards in Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga.' Antonio Galloni
'This leading Langhe estate has deep roots so we are particularly glad to report the active presence of the latest generation. Lorenzo will now be able to provide valuable management support for the indefatigable Luigi Scavino.' Gambero Rosso.
'Azelia has come into its own.' James Suckling
'…wines from Scavino’s estate, Azelia, can hold their own with the very best of the region. The wines combine power and elegance with a level of virtuosity matched by few in the region…there can be no doubt that the overall balance and sense of proportion of these wines is excellent.' The Wine Advocate #167
AREA: CASTIGLIONE FALLETTO, SERRALUNGA D'ALBA
WINE: BAROLO DOCG
Luigi uses 6 different vineyards for the production of Barolo Base. They come 30 % from Castiglione Falletto and 70 % from Serralunga d'Alba.
In Castiglione, where the soil is more calcareous and white, the grapes acquire elegance and an aromatic complexity while in Serralunga the more clayey soil transmits character and body.
The vines of the six vineyards used for this wine are on average 40 years old. Ideal age, according to Luigi, for the production of a Barolo base.
The mix of these vineyards produces grace and power, combining them together with wonderful balance.
• Established in 1920 by Lorenzo Scavino, currently the estate is run by the 3rd and 4th generations.
• Based in the town of Castiglione Falletto, the family farms 16 hectares of vines in the Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d'Alba and surrounding areas.
• All operations are done by hand.
• Practicing organic, cover crops in the rows, minimal use copper and sulphur treatments only and the soil is not tilled.
• Low yields are further reduced by a minimum of two green harvests/crop thinning (often 30%!) for concentration and quality.
• Combination of classic and modern techniques, always with a delicate hand.
• Azelia share ownership of the famed 'Fiasco' hill with cousins from the estate of Paolo Scavino.
• To this day the Azelia name remains a Barolo lover's secret!