Wine Spectator 92 points - Medium garnet colour with a slight brick rim. Enticing aromas of crushed cherries, raspberries, game, potpourri, star anise, Sichuan pepper and cassia. The palate gives a nice contrast of crisp acidity and rich fruit with a medium to firm level of finely grained tannins. Long finish with lots of fruit and savoury layers. Drink now to 2017. Tasted June 2009.
An impeccable balance. Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d'Alba match here in a superlative way. Aroma and finesse with power and body at the same time. Sweet nose, with hints of cherry, black currant and licorice.
Fruity tannins. A union of characters. Aged for two years in large casks.
|“Azelia's 2004 Barolo is a super-rich wine loaded with generous black cherries and spices. It is a beautifully poised, balanced Barolo. In recent years Azelia has stepped up the quality of the Barolo by including more juice from their top vineyards, and it shows in this terrific wine which is sure to offer much pleasure over the next decade or so. I can-t ask for too much more from a wine at this level. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2016. Readers looking for a first-rate Barolo producer whose pricing has remained very fair need look no further than the wines of Azelia and proprietor Luigi Scavino. These are among my favorite wines to drink, especially in restaurants, where they don-t suffer from the larger markups that accompany some of the region's better known bottlings.” Antonio Galloni