Azelia - Barolo Riserva, Bricco Voghera, Serralunga d’Alba MAGNUM 2001 6/1500ml

Classification
Red
Country
Italy
Appellation
Barolo DOCG
Varietals
Nebbiolo
Producer
Azelia
Farming
Organic
Bottle Size
1500ml
Vintage
2001
Bottles/Case
6
Max Rating
91
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Azelia - Barolo Riserva, Bricco Voghera, Serralunga d’Alba MAGNUM 2001 6/1500ml

Classification
Red
Country
Italy
Appellation
Barolo DOCG
Varietals
Nebbiolo
Producer
Azelia
Farming
Organic
Bottle Size
1500ml
Vintage
2001
Bottles/Case
6
Max Rating
91
Highlights
* So special - top selection from some of the oldest vines in the region, aged 6 years
* Black cherry, prune, with rose and dark chocolate; round, generous, with endless length
* Produced only in outstanding vintages; max production is 250 cases
Varietals
Nebbiolo
Vineyard
Tiny, steep sloping vineyard at 360m with Southern exposure; Vines, more than 75 years old, produce very tiny, low-yielding and highly concentrated fruit
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
30 months in large unvarnished Slavonian oak casks and an additional 3.5 years in bottle before release
Reviews
• Robert Parker: 91 The estate’s 2001 Barolo Riserva Voghera-Brea is surprisingly open for a Serralunga Barolo in this vintage. Made in a sweet, ethereal style, this medium-bodied wine presents a lovely purity and sweetness in its stewed prunes, plums, leather, scorched earth and coffee beans. Judging by the lack of intensity in color as well as its relatively advanced aromas and flavors, this is not likely to be an extremely long-lived wine, but it is delicious today. The flavor profile is almost that of a more traditionally-made Barolo. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016.

Azelia remains a great source for relatively well-priced Barolos. In particular, the San Rocco, from a vineyard in Serralunga, is often one of the region’s top bottlings as it is again in 2003. Proprietor Luigi Scavino has a new Barolo this year, made from the Margheria vineyard, also in Serrlaunga. -- Antonio Galloni

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