Azelia Barolo Margheria 2016 / 750 ml.

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VN95+95+ pts. - Vinous - Feb 2020
The 2016 Barolo Margheria shows the natural weight and gravitas of Serralunga in its dark flavor profile and textural resonance. Black cherry, plum, lavender, spice, mint, chalk and bright saline notes are all laced throughout. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure, the 2016 possesses tremendous persistence and class to burn. Wilder suggestions of sage and lavender add savory top notes, while searing tannins punctuate the finish.
RP95+95+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jul 2020
Here is a wonderfully executed Barolo to applaud. The Azelia 2016 Barolo Margheria offers that classic twofold punch of power and elegance that is so nicely highlighted in wines from Serralunga d’Alba. For sure, the textural fiber of this wine is richer, denser and tighter than the others, and there is an attractive point of inner black fruit energy and tension that I did not find to the same extent in the Cerretta. If that wine is more focused on the base tones, this wine hits those high tones with better precision. The Margheria vines are 60 years old on average and planted in clayey and calcareous soils that render minerality to the wine. Some 6,100 bottles were rolled out.
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 15, 2020
This is elegant, with perfumed aromas of rose and strawberry joining flavors of tar and tobacco as this firms up. Linear, offering balance and a dusty, lingering finish. Best from 2022 through 2040. 510 cases made, 168 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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VN95+ 95+ pts. / Vinous (Feb 2020)

The 2016 Barolo Margheria shows the natural weight and gravitas of Serralunga in its dark flavor profile and textural resonance. Black cherry, plum, lavender, spice, mint, chalk and bright saline notes are all laced throughout. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure, the 2016 possesses tremendous persistence and class to burn. Wilder suggestions of sage and lavender add savory top notes, while searing tannins punctuate the finish.

RP95+ 95+ pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (23rd Jul 2020)

Here is a wonderfully executed Barolo to applaud. The Azelia 2016 Barolo Margheria offers that classic twofold punch of power and elegance that is so nicely highlighted in wines from Serralunga d’Alba. For sure, the textural fiber of this wine is richer, denser and tighter than the others, and there is an attractive point of inner black fruit energy and tension that I did not find to the same extent in the Cerretta. If that wine is more focused on the base tones, this wine hits those high tones with better precision. The Margheria vines are 60 years old on average and planted in clayey and calcareous soils that render minerality to the wine. Some 6,100 bottles were rolled out.

SP94 94 pts. / Wine Spectator (Dec 15, 2020)

This is elegant, with perfumed aromas of rose and strawberry joining flavors of tar and tobacco as this firms up. Linear, offering balance and a dusty, lingering finish. Best from 2022 through 2040. 510 cases made, 168 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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Located in northwestern Italy near the Italian Alps, Piedmont is home to two of Italy's more famous wines: Barolos and Barbarescos. Each of these wines are made with the Nebbiolo grape, which is the premier red grape in the region. Other red grapes of note used in Piedmont include Barbera and Dolcetto. Among white wine grapes used in Piedmont are Moscatos, which are increasing in popularity here in the US. Piedmont's capital city Torino is also home to large productions of Vermouth, also made from Moscato.

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Italy is famous for its powerful, sleek, and elegant reds wines from ancient growing areas with legendary names such as Chianti, Barolo, Barbaresco, Montepulciano. Italian white wines are also gaining popularity: Orvieto, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon are excellent examples of Italian white wines.

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SKU 93104
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Azelia Barolo Margheria
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Product Location - Location-Appellation Barolo
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand Azelia
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2016
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 100% Nebbiolo
Primary Grape Nebbiolo
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No

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SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Apr 30, 2022
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VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2021
The 2016 Barolo del Comune di Barolo is an attractive, understated wine. Time in the glass brings out lovely inner sweetness and perfume. This is an especially ethereal style. Sweet dried cherry, crushed flowers, cedar and spice are nicely lifted. I would prefer to drink the 2016 over the next 10-15 years, as it does not appear to have the stuffing of the other wines in the range. The Comune bottling emerges from a parcel in the Terlo cru.

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Azelia Barolo 2019 / 750 ml.

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 377

RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 24th Aug 2023
The 2019 Barolo has a pretty bouquet that is laced with light fruit, licorice and lots of blue flower. On the palate, the wine is mid-weight and lively. This is a nice expression of classic Nebbiolo that shows depth and elegance. It ferments with ambient yeasts and sees 40 days of extended maceration with submerged cap. This 29,400-bottle production represents a blend of fruit from seven sites: Altenasso and Solanotto in Castiglione Falletto, a part of Cerretta, the younger part of Bricco Voghera where the vines are from 55 to 60 years old, part of San Rocco, and Cerrati and Broglio in Serralunga d’Alba. (Monica Larner)
JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 28, 2023
A fine-tannined and very pretty Barolo with cherry, strawberry and orange peel aromas and flavors. Medium body. Fine tannins and a bright finish. Drinkable but better in two or three years. (James Suckling)
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2023
A pure, linear red, exhibiting strawberry, cherry, floral, menthol and tobacco flavors. Firm, with fine length and a touch of sweet hay in the end. Best from 2025 through 2042. 1,200 cases made, 360 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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Azelia Barolo 2017 / 750 ml.

2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 96876

JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, July 5, 2021
Fascinating aromas of ripe strawberry, bark, mushroom and black tea follow through to a full body with round, creamy tannins that are juicy and rather punchy. Try after 2024.
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Sourced from seven parcels across Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba, the 2017 Barolo reveals medicinal aromatics of menthol, dried cherry, and nutmeg. The palate is angular with gripping structure and noted by cranberry cocktail, tea leaf, and orange citrus. This 2017 is classically built within the warmth of the vintage. Drink 2023–2036. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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The Azelia 2017 Barolo is fine and elegant, opening to a pretty ruby color that catches the ambient light. To the nose, it offers cherry and wild rose with licorice and campfire ash. You do notice the extra heft and dryness of the tannins, especially when the wine is tasted before its ideal drinking window. Luigi Scavino’s classic Barolo is a blend of seven vineyard sites: Altenasso and Solanotto in Castiglione Falletto; a part of Cerretta; the youngest vines in Bricco Voghera that are 55 to 60 years old (the fruit from the 90-year-old plants goes to the Riserva); and parts of San Rocco, Cerrati and Broglio in Serralunga d’Alba. Production stands at about 28,000 bottles.
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Azelia Barolo Cerretta 2017 / 750 ml.

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JS9898 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, August 2, 2021
Extremely aromatic with strawberries, flowers, and stones, following through to a full body with layers of fruit and round tannins that go on and on. Rich and opulent, yet polished and toned. A generous young Barolo. Drink in 2025.
SP9696 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2021
Decadent cherry and currant aromas signal this vibrant, complex red, whose core of ripe fruit defines the palate, with supporting roles from eucalyptus, leather, licorice, tar and mineral. The tannins are dense and alive, while the finish goes on and on. Best from 2026 through 2050. 300 cases made, 195 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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Azelia Barolo San Rocco 2019 / 750 ml.

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 384

RP94+94+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 24th Aug 2023
San Rocco is a small MGA located on the northern side of Serralunga d’Alba with steep slopes that open toward Cerretta with clay and limestone. The 2019 Barolo San Rocco (with 7,300 bottles made) benefits from tighter space and a protected microclimate to produce powerful wines. However, this vintage certainly needs more time in bottle and is nowhere near expressing its full potential now. The bouquet is rigid and unyielding at this time. This is a characteristic of San Rocco. (Monica Larner)
JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 28, 2023
Lemon blossom with cherry and sliced strawberry aromas that follow through to a medium body, with firm and lightly austere tannins and a bright finish. Cedar and orange peel to the fruit. Needs time to soften. Better after 2027. (James Suckling)
SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2023
Broad and fleshy, this red evokes cherry, plum, menthol and tar flavors underlined by a layer of stiff tannins. Compact, with a lightly astringent finish. Best from 2027 through 2042. 600 cases made, 180 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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Azelia Barolo Cerretta 2019 / 750 ml.

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 382

RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 24th Aug 2023
Cerretta is one of my favorite sites in Serralunga d’Alba because it consists of vines wrapped around a hilltop with various exposures. For that reason, Cerretta wines can vary widely from producer to producer. The Azelia 2019 Barolo Cerretta has dark fruit and spice, but the bouquet is mostly colored by flinty mineral tones, smoke and pencil shaving. It offers terrific balance and also manages some softly perfumed notes of violet and blue flower that you don’t get in the other wines. It sees 50 days of extended maceration and 30 months of aging in large oak casks. This is a very limited production of 3,200 bottles. (Monica Larner)
JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 28, 2023
Perfumed with sliced raspberries, violets and strawberries as well as hints of orange. It’s medium-bodied with firm and fresh tannins that are chewy. Bright acidity. Energetic wine. Drink after 2027. (James Suckling)
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2023
A lean, sinewy style, this red suggests cherry and strawberry fruit shaded by mint, cumin and tar accents. Though energetic, the finish is currently dominated by dense tannins. Requires patience. Best from 2027 through 2045. 400 cases made, 120 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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Azelia Barolo Margheria 2019 / 750 ml.

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 383

RP95+95+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 24th Aug 2023
Azelia makes three wines with fruit from Serralunga d’Alba, including San Rocco, Cerretta and this wine. There is also a Riserva from Bricco Voghera. The 2019 Barolo Margheria comes from a southwest facing slope opposite the Perno Vineyard. The site has very poor soils with white clay, and the vines (aged 65 years old on average) are forced to push their roots very deep as a result. This wine has a tight and very firm personality with dark fruit, rusty nail, dusty mineral and tight structure. Those rusty mineral aromas give it away as Serralunga d’Alba. This is an age-worthy wine, with 5,900 bottles released. (Monica Larner)
JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 28, 2023
Very pure fruit with citrus, raspberry and green strawberry aromas and flavors. Medium body, fine and fresh tannins and crisp finish. Crunchy. Drinkable but better in two or three years. (James Suckling)
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2023
A relatively open (for the vintage) red marked by bright cherry, raspberry, floral and cut hay flavors. Balanced and more on the elegant side, despite a firm grip of tannins on the finish. Best from 2026 through 2042. 600 cases made, 180 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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SP9696 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2021
Scented aromas of rose, cherry, strawberry and currant are the hallmarks of this elegant Barolo, which is grounded by underlying hints of tar and iron, while the lively structure shows fine integration. Long and resonant on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2042. 480 cases made, 150 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2020
The 2016 Barolo Bricco Fiasco is a glorious wine. Sweet red cherry, mint, iron, rose petal and blood orange are some of the many aromas and flavors that grace this exquisite, beautifully layered Barolo. A wine of subtlety, nuance and grace, the 2016 has so much to offer. I don’t remember ever tasting a Bricco Fiasco with this level of finesse and nuance. Two thousand sixteen is the first vintage in which the Bricco Fiasco is aged part in cask and part in barrique. All I can say is: Wow!
RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jul 2020
Of the four single-vineyard wines presented by Azelia, this is the only one that draws its fruit from Castiglione Falletto. The other three see fruit from Serralunga d’Alba. It makes sense then that the 2016 Barolo Bricco Fiasco marches to the beat of its own drum when compared to its siblings in this portfolio. This wine is set apart by the precision of its aromas and not by the overt power that you get in Serralunga d’Alba. Instead, you get linear and direct aromas of wild cherry, dried blueberry, smoke, licorice and crushed limestone. This Bricco Fiasco is beautifully assembled, elegant and laser-focused. Luigi Scavino’s grandfather planted this vineyard in the 1940s, and the average age of the plants is 85 years old today. The site has more sand in its soils compared to Serralunga d’Alba, and this explains the bright fruity and sometimes floral characteristics of the wine. This is a 5,800-bottle release.

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