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Azelia Barolo Cerretta 2016

Azelia Barolo Cerretta 2016

The 30 year wait is over for the Scavino family! The Azelia Barolo Cerretta 2016 is finally ready for the world. Just in time for the Centenary celebration of the Azelia winery! What’s important to note is that the Cerretta vineyard has been in the family for about 30 years, but the age of the vines kept Luigi from making the Cerretta Cru Barolo.

The vines, about 30 years old, face South/South-West in the Serralunga Vineyard. After about 55-60 days with submerged cap, the wine moves into big barrels and stay there for 30 months.

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The story of Azelia starts in 1920 when Cavalier Lorenzo Scavino started to vinify the grapes from the family owned vienyards. This would be the start of an incredible journey for the Scavino family.

When it comes to the “style” of winemaking, Azelia adopted a method in the cellar that represents a fusion between modern and traditional; a method I like to call Contemporary Traditionalist. But, as I’ve mentioned before, who really cares as long as the wines are good? As Luigi says, “It’s always a matter of balance.”

Azelia Barolo Cerretta 2016

Azelia Barolo Cerretta 2016

The Cerretta 2016 has an explosive nose: black fruit, spices, tobacco, chocolate. The tannins are big but sweet, typical of a 2016 Barolo from Serralunga. I would put this aside for 10+ years at least and drink some Nebbiolo while you wait.

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