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Azelia is still something of a Barolo lover's secret. Though the estate is not a high-profile one, proprietor Luigi Scavino is cousin of Enrico Scavino of the renowned Paolo Scavino estate, and shares ownership of the famed Fiasco hill in Castiglione Falletto with him. Luigi, his wife Lorella and son Lorenzo Scavino own and maintain 16 hectares of vines in Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d'Alba (including Cru Barolo from Margheria, San Rocco and Voghera Brea) and Montelupo Albese (for their...
In 2004 Luigi decided to age part of this Cru in large casks: an exemplary work. From it Margheria takes its best from itself. Complex aromas, black fruits, licorice and spices in the typical Serralunga style. Energetic.The tannins frame the structure giving density and deepness to the wine. Mineral, earthy, salty. Impressive.
Entirely facing south the vineyard is situated in the centre of the commune of Serralunga on the hill which extends below the castle of the town. The clayey and calcareous soil of Serralunga d’Alba shows all its complexity. The tufaceous marls confer richness in extracts and power to the wine.
Average age of vines is 50 years. Fermentation takes place in Rotofermenters for a duration of 22 days, at an average temperature of 31 degrees Celsius. The wine is then aged for 28 months in large casks, the only Cru from Azelia to do so.
- 94 Points -
The 2014 Barolo Margheria opens with beguiling, deep-pitched aromatics. Bright red cherry and plum fruit, licorice, anise, rose water and orange peel are some of the many notes that give the wine its personality. Bright, saline and sculpted in feel, the 2014 is going to need a few years to fully unwind, but it is unquestionably vibrant and expressive today.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
Here is a darker and more robust wine from Serralunga d'Alba where soils are heavier. They also show a greater presence of clay and limestone. The 2014 Barolo Margheria is made with fruit from 50-year-old vines and shows compact and dense aromatic intensity as a result. The bouquet is constructed on top of thick layers of dark fruit, dried cherry, balsam herb and crushed mineral. The 2014 mouthfeel, however, veers toward the lean and compact side of the Barolo spectrum.See detailed press review
- 91 Points -
Serious tannin structure in this exceptionally closed 2014 Barolo. This needs several more years in the bottle for the fruit to open up, but there's some real depth here.See detailed press review