Azelia - Barolo, San Rocco, Serralunga d’Alba 2014 12/750ml

Classification
Red
Country
Italy
Appellation
Barolo DOCG
Varietals
Nebbiolo
Producer
Azelia
Farming
Organic
Bottle Size
750ml
Vintage
2014
Bottles/Case
12
Max Rating
93
$660
Azelia - Barolo, San Rocco, Serralunga d’Alba 2014 12/750ml
Highlights
• Muscular and energetic, a great example of the Langhe's "skillful soldier"
• Hallmark notes of licorice, spice and dark fruits; ripe and integrated tannins
• 93 points, Vinous Media, 92 James Suckling
Varietals
Nebbiolo
Vineyard
Hillside vineyard in front of the famous San Rocco church; clayey and calcareous soils; vines average 55 years
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
24 months in small French oak barrels, 10% new
Reviews
• Robert Parker: 93 The 2014 Barolo San Rocco is very expressive of the Serralunga d'Alba township that always shows darker and denser fruit characteristics compared to the other main growing areas of Barolo. This wine is aged in barrique for two years, of which only 10% is new oak. Your senses are treated to very attractive layers of dark fruit, spice, wet earth and grilled herb. The vines are 60 years old on average and show extra density and concentration as a result. It follows that the mouthfeel is proportionally denser and more structured as well.

• Vinous / Antonio Galloni: 93 Today, the 2014 Barolo San Rocco comes across as a bit monolithic - within the context of the vintage, of course. As always, San Rocco is distinguished by its deep center of fruit. Firm young Nebbiolo tannins enshroud this resonant, muscular Serralunga Barolo. It will be interesting to see if the 2014 gains a bit more midpalate finesse during its aging.
• JamesSuckling.com: 92 Quite a concentrated wine for this difficult vintage. Shows some richness and grace. The tannins are already beautifully integrated. There's an attractive terracotta character here, as well notes of dried flowers and red cherries. Drink or hold.
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