2017 Azelia Barolo CerrettaNebbiolo from Italy
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This is an impressive set of Barolos from Azelia. That's not entirely surprising given the level of quality here in recent years. "We left as much leaf cover as we could to pro...
- 96 Wine Spectator
- 95 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
96 Wine Spectator
Decadent cherry and currant aromas signal this vibrant, complex red, whose core of ripe fruit defines the palate, with supporting roles from eucalyptus, leather, licorice, tar and mineral. The tannins are dense and alive, while the finish goes on and on. Best from 2026 through 2050. From Italy. —B.S.
95 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The 2017 Barolo Cerretta is another powerful wine. Unlike the San Rocco, which is dense in the middle, the Cerretta is distinguished by a more austere, linear feel. Crushed flowers, mint, licorice, blood orange and pine build with time in the glass. The tannins are incisive at this stage, so a few years of cellaring is essential.
This is an impressive set of Barolos from Azelia. That's not entirely surprising given the level of quality here in recent years. "We left as much leaf cover as we could to protect the grapes from the strong impact of the sun," Lorenzo Scavino explained, repeating an approach favored by many growers in 2017. "The biggest challenge was drought rather than heat, but we had a bit of rain in early September that was much needed and helped restore balance." Harvest started around September 26 and finished on October 5, which is on the later side for the year, but also about three weeks ahead of schedule. In the cellar, the Lorenzo and Luigi Scavino shortened macerations about ten days to around fifty days on the skins, with submerged cap maceration. All of the Barolos are now aged entirely in cask. I have said it before, but it bears repeating: Azelia remains one of the undiscovered jewels in Barolo.