2016 Azelia di Luigi Scavino 'Cerretta' Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, Italy (750ml)

2016 Azelia di Luigi Scavino 'Cerretta' Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, Italy (750ml)

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Compact and very linear red with firm, polished tannins that are tightly compressed to create fine chewiness. The red fruit, flowers and minerals are impressive, too. A new wine from Azelia from this wonderful vineyard. Well done. Give it three to four years to come together. Drink after 2022.

-James Suckling, 97 pts.

The newest single-vineyard Barolo to be released by this estate in celebration of its centennial anniversary, the Azelia 2016 Barolo Cerretta offers a rich and slightly sweet quality of primary fruit with cherry, wild plum and summer fig. Like many wines from Serralunga d'Alba, the bouquet tends to unwind in broad, sweeping motions instead of the quickly paced crescendo of high notes that you get in Castiglione Falletto, for example. This wine washes over the palate with rich textural fiber (with very elegant tannins) and an open-knit fabric of dark cherry and blackberry aromas all framed by earthy tones of black truffle and iron ore. This wine represents the efforts of three decades of hard work. Luigi Scavino's father had long dreamed of making a Barolo from Cerretta, but the family waited 30 years to have old, well-established vines. Like the other Baroli from Azelia, fermentations see submerged cap, and skin maceration times are long, up to 60 days. The wine ages in large oak casks for 30 months.

-Robert Parker, 96+ pts.

Scents of rose, tar, cherry and black currant rise from the glass of this dense, supple red. Firm, polished tannins take hold as this evolves on the long finish. There’s a purity and finesse that needs some time to emerge. Best from 2024 through 2045.

-Wine Spectator, 95 pts.

Type: Wine
Tags: 2016, 750ml, 94+, Barolo, GMC, Italy, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Rated, Red, Wine,

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