Azelia - Barolo, Margheria, Serralunga d'Alba 2015 12/750ml

Classification
Red
Country
Italy
Appellation
Barolo DOCG
Varietals
Nebbiolo
Producer
Azelia
Farming
Organic
Bottle Size
750ml
Vintage
2015
Bottles/Case
12
Max Rating
95
$720
Azelia - Barolo, Margheria, Serralunga d'Alba 2015 12/750ml
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
• Vinous / Antonio Galloni: 94 The 2015 Barolo Margheria shows the textural breadth of Serralunga in its compelling interplay of succulent, layered fruit and bright, soil-driven tones, with mineral inflections that add layers of complexity. Sage, tobacco, cedar, rose petal, menthol, anise and dried flowers fill out the wine's frame effortlessly. All the elements are nicely balanced. In 2015 the Margheria is all class.

-- Antonio Galloni
• JamesSuckling.com: 94 Attractive sliced strawberries with hints of tar and fragrant, rose-like notes make for a compelling young Barolo. The supple palate has a lithe and succulent core with focused, energetic tannins that carry fresh, sweet cherries. Long, taut finish. Try from 2023.
• Other: 25 BIWA 2019 Winner. Among 450 entries submitted for the 2019 Best Italian Wine Award, Azelia Barolo Margheria Serralunga d'Alba '15 was chosen as one Italy's 50 best wines, along with Sassicaia, Quintarelli and Roagna. The winners are selected in a blind tasting by an international panel of top sommeliers. Azelia Margheria was ranked at #25 in the list of 50.

See the 2019 BIWA announcement here. https://cucina.corriere.it/divini/19_settembre_14/i-50-migliori-vini-italiani-lista-completa-classifica-biwa-2019-a5c9b192-d725-11e9-ab72-4c8b2c66efe5.shtml?fbclid=IwAR35G_f9QR5BKb_rKSMK_gyE91XLfczWJgH0FJZY47IiBgkDmkB7vcPPcOs
• Robert Parker: 95 You can taste the softness and richness of the warm vintage in the 2015 Barolo Margheria. The wine offers dark fruit flavors and lots of rich, plump fruit at the back. This is a softly textured wine that can also be consumed in the near or medium term. This single-vineyard Barolo from Serralunga d'Alba ages in botti grandi for 36 months. The vines are 60 years old, and the soils are rich with limestone clay. Some 6,200 bottles were made.
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