Vino della settimana 2001 Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco

Licorice, wet forest floor and sweet cherry. A hint of mint, old leather and spices. Some oak still. Rich, fruitful and concentrated. Medium long finish. All that said, we had it without decanting it, and it took a while for it to open. You can drink, and enjoy it now, but you should, if you can, stick it in the cellar for another 2-3 years at least.

The Bricco Fiasco is from vineyards in Castiglione Falletto, on the Fiasco hill, facing south.  The average age of vines is 40 years, and every year they make approximately 10 000+ bottles. It is aged 18 months in small barrels, and 6 months in large casks.

The Scavino family’s Azelia is located in the village of Castiglione Falletto, established in 1920 by Cavalier Lorenzo Scavino. Today Luigi Scavino is the 3rd generation winemaker, with wife Lorella and son Lorenzo, following in his father Alfonso Scavino’s footsteps. He is still probably a lesser known Scavino than his cousin Enrico Scavino of the Paolo Scavino estate (they do share ownership of the Fiasco hill), but his wines stand tall by themselves.

Azelia bottles a Dolcetto d’Alba, a Barbera d’Alba, a Langhe Nebbiolo, a “base” barolo, and two barolos from grapes at their estate vineyards Bricco Fiasco (in Castiglione Falletto), Margheria, Voghera, and  San Rocco (in Serralunga d’Alba).

To Luigi Scavino, traditionalist vs modernist does not mean much, he will do whatever he thinks is best for the final product mixing modern techniques with respect for tradition. The family believes the wines are made in the vineyards, and less in the cellar, and thus all 15 hectares are farmed organically. Their total output is around 60,000 bottles a year.

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