Azelia - Barolo, Margheria, Serralunga d’Alba MAGNUM 2004 6/1500ml

Classification
Red
Country
Italy
Appellation
Barolo DOCG
Varietals
Nebbiolo
Producer
Azelia
Farming
Organic
Bottle Size
1500ml
Vintage
2004
Bottles/Case
6
$1260
Azelia - Barolo, Margheria, Serralunga d’Alba MAGNUM 2004 6/1500ml
Highlights
• Dense, deep and "beguiling"
• Bright red cherry and plum fruit, licorice, anise, rose water and orange peel
Varietals
Nebbiolo
Vineyard
Hillside vineyard in the center of Serralunga; entirely south-facing; tufaceous marls; vines average 50 years old
Farming
Organic
Vinification
Hand-picked, fermented in vertical stainless steel tanks with native yeasts, macerated with submerged cap for 45/50 days, racked by gravity, no fining or filtering
Aging
3 years in large, neutral, unvarnished, Slavonian oak casks
Reviews
• Robert Parker: 0 Gorgeous, multi-dimensional Serralunga aromas burst from the glass of the 2004 Barolo Margheria. This vibrant, fresh Barolo exudes layers of dark fruit, tar, licorice, cinnamon, new leather and sweet toasted oak that flow onto the palate with stunning purity. The wine lost a little intensity with air, which is the only thing that keeps the score from going higher. This bottling saw 50% new oak, and it will require a few years to come together. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024.

Readers looking for a first-rate Barolo producer whose pricing has remained very fair need look no further than the wines of Azelia and proprietor Luigi Scavino. These are among my favorite wines to drink, especially in restaurants, where they don’t suffer from the larger markups that accompany some of the region’s better known bottlings. - Antonio Galloni

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