This is a riserva that is only made in the very best vintages, 2004 was the last year it was made. From the top of the Voghera hill in Serralunga where Azelias parcel is 80 years old. The soils are a mix of clay limestone and marl (marl is a white, dry and poor compact clay difficult for vines to penetrate.) Only 3000 bottles are made a year from their 0.9ha. The wine is aged for 4 years in large slavonian oak "botti" and two years in bottle . Corpulent powerful but silky. Expansive, voluptuous flavours of warming dark fruit, liquorice and dark chocolate. Alluring rounded and smooth with a particularly strong mineral component, rather than acidity, that provides the wine's freshness. This stony, savoury element gives the wine tremendous balance, offsetting the sweet dark fruit and mocha notes. Bold and Impressive.
Owner Luigi Scavino, cousin and neighbour of Piemonte legend Enrico Scavino, started off life as one of the typical modern Piedmont producers: no expense was spared as new oak was used for the top wines, yields were low and the sparkling new fermenting vats were of stainless steel. Many of these aspects still apply however Azelia have refined their techniques enormously over the years, rarely using more than 25% new oak and employing large botti casks as well as barriques for the ageing process. They are now very among Barolo's leading lights. They produce a superb Dolcetto planted at 500 metres above sea level on a south facing slope in th prime Montelupo district and their oak-aged Barbera is extremely fine too. All of their Nebbiolo holdings are spread out over the Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga regions where the vine produces full bodied, intense and complex wines. The top two wines are the ethereal but powerful Bricco Fiasco frmo Castiglione (the same vineyard as Scavino's Bric del Fiasc) and the explosive, spicy San Rocco from Serralunga. In only the best of vintages a Barolo Riserva is made from the ideally situated vineyard in Serralunga, Voghera.
Barolo is greatest, most intense and expressive display of the Northern Italian grape variety Nebbiolo. The name is given to bottles from the Piedmont area, made exclusively from Nebbiolo, and coming from the five core towns of Barolo, La Morra, Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte d'Alba, along with certain other peripherary villages. The wines offer power, aromatics and longevity that is almost unmatched elsewhere in Italy, perhaps the world. Top, forward thinking producers have pushed huge changes in the winemaking culture of the area, and as a result finer, purer Barolo is being produced than ever before.