Azelia Bricco Fiasco 2006 - £420/12

Azelia Bricco Fiasco 2006 - £420/12
"Proprietor Luigi Scavino doesn’t get anywhere near the attention he deserves, but make no mistake about it, his top Barolos play in the same league with Piedmont’s elite bottlings."

August, traditionally a time of holidays, is when we at J&B start to put out Italian and Spanish hats on. Our annual tasting on the 1st September is shaping up to be better than ever {link} and talk is turning to autumnal feasts involving mushrooms, game and other harvest-time treats. All good news for the bottles of Barolo resting in our cellars.

As long time promoters of the region, our list is long in older vintages tucked away for just these sorts of occasions. One such is 2006 Bricco Fiasco from Luigi Scavino’s estate Azelia. Not only is it a brilliant vineyard, one of Castiglione’s finest, producing wines of great power but also divine subtlety, but is also here in the hands of one of the regions finest winemakers, a man whose talents still reside some way under the radar making this exceptional value. Furthermore Barolo’s 2006 vintage, big and robust on release, is justifiably starting to emerge as something of a modern day classic. It is a vintage loved by Barolo producers for the fact that the wines major in Nebbiolo’s finest qualities; power, tension and balance.

"The 2006 Barolo Bricco Fiasco is simply magnificent. It, too, is impressively powerful, but here the layers of flavor are beautifully filled out. Exotic, ripe red fruit, smoke and menthol are but a few of the nuances that gradually emerge as this refined and impeccably elegant wine rises from the glass. The French oak is beautifully integrated, while the wine’s weight and sheer harmony leave a lasting impression. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.

Proprietor Luigi Scavino doesn't get anywhere near the attention he deserves, but make no mistake about it, his top Barolos play in the same league with Piedmont's elite bottlings. The Barolos see malolactic fermentation and aging in French oak barriques, although the Margheria is aged in medium-size French oak barrels." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com 94/100

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