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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...
Bricco dell’Oriolo vineyard is close to Luigi’s heart as it was owned by his mother’s family. Located in the commune of Montelupo Albese , 13km south of Alba. The vines are on average 45 years old and are planted on south facing calcareous, sandy slopes. Luigi could have easily planted Nebbiolo here and charged more money for the wine, however he will never compromise quality and knows that this vineyard will produce the best Dolcetto possible.
Modern and traditional techniques are used to achieve a balance of fresh fruit and terroir. Only natural yeasts are used and enzymes are never added. Fermentation is carried out using temperature controlled rotofermenters and the Dolcetto is aged in stainless steel. The wines are unfined and unfiltered and stabilization is carried out using gravity.
- 89 Points -
Antonio Galloni, February 2017
Azelia's 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba Bricco dell'Oriolo is soft, open-knit and easy to drink now. The high altitude of these vineyards at 600 meters yields a restrained, perfumed Dolcetto with bright fruit and floral notes, along with mid-weight structure.See detailed press review