• Hallmark notes of licorice, spice and dark fruits; ripe and integrated tannins
• 93 points, Vinous Media, 92 James Suckling
Luigi Scavino's Azelia is celebrating a big milestone this year with its centennial anniversary (1920–2020). Five generations of the family have carried forth this winemaking legacy. To mark the occasion, Azelia is releasing a new single-vineyard wine, the 2016 Barolo Cerretta. In 1992, Luigi and his father Lorenzo started leasing a 2.5-hectare parcel in Cerretta (in Serralunga d'Alba). The father and son team replanted the site completely, installing new trellising poles and wires, and they ripped up the soil and added rainfall drainage. The Scavinos did all this work and made all these investments at great personal cost, since the land lease would expire one day. However, 12 years later, in 2004, the family succeeded in purchasing the parcel. This site is very special to them, as it is the first vineyard created completely from scratch with massal selection by the Scavinos. Initially, the fruit was used in the classic Barolo blend (a blend of seven crus). Now, nearly 30 years later, Cerretta is finally bottled as a single-vineyard wine, just in time to blow out 100 candles on the winery birthday cake.