2013 Azelia Barolo San Rocco

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For the San Rocco, Azelia uses small, lightly toasted French oak barrels, only 10% new, to stabilise the colour and give the wine the gentle micro-oxidation they feel it needs. It is gorgeously scented with mint, sweet baking spice, cocoa and hints of smoke. There's plenty of depth and richness on the palate, with nutmeg and wild cherry at the core, the tannins clamped down waiting to unfold. There is no lack of polish here. Drinking Window 2020 - 2035

Decanter | 95 DEC
Another highlight in this range, the 2013 Barolo San Rocco is utterly beguiling. The bouquet alone is striking, but it is the wine's total balance that is most appealing today. Tasted next to the Margheria, the San Rocco is deeper, darker and more overtly powerful, with a greater sense of Serralunga tannic clout. Dark cherry, tobacco, menthol, licorice and sweet spices give the San Rocco much of its exotic personality. The San Rocco was aged in French oak barrels, with about 10% new wood.

Vinous Media | 95 VM
Focused and firm red with dried-plum and cedar aromas that follow through to a medium to full body, velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Drink or hold. Better in three or four years when the tannins resolve a bit.

James Suckling | 94 JS
Azelia has hit it out of the ballpark with the three single-vineyard Barolos presented. The 2013 Barolo San Rocco is a rich and penetrating wine that keeps a sharp focus on balance and harmony all the while. This vineyard is located in Serralunga d'Alba, and the vines were planted in the early 1990s. The bouquet is robust and forthcoming with dark fruit, spice and cured leather. But ethereal notes of smoke, tar and licorice also lift delicately from the bouquet. You get both power and elegance with this cellar-worthy wine.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 94 RP
Harmonious and tightly wound, offering cherry, licorice, eucalyptus and spice aromas and flavors meshed with refined tannins. Remains balanced and long, with sweet fruit offsetting the gum-coating tannins. Best from 2019 through 2033. 566 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 93 WS
This opens with aromas of baking spice, leather and dark berry. The solid, concentrated palate offers ripe black cherry, mocha and vanilla alongside assertive tannins. Drink after 2023.

Wine Enthusiast | 91 WE

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Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 2013
Format 1.5L
Color Red
Country Italy: What are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italy and Italian culture? There's one thing that nearly everyone tends to mention, it's the food - and where there's fine food, there is almost always fine wine. Italy is the most prolific wine region in the world, outclassing even France in terms of production quantity. Even if you're a complete wine novice, you have almost certainly heard of names such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most famous wine styles. When it comes to soil composition and other geographical characteristics, Italy offers a lot of diversity, and this never fails to show in the wines themselves.
Producer Azelia: Since 1920, the winery we know as Azelia has been gathering momentum, and today their wines are sought after by every enthusiast with a taste for Italian reds. The sun-kissed slopes provide excellent soil on which to grow grapevines and the creative visionaries behind Azelia display complete mastery over their domain. As a result, their wines are consistently excellent and are an easy choice if you want to make a good first impression at a party or other social event. Every second you spend with an Azelia is precious, as the countless subtleties develop in your glass. It's as rewarding for an inquisitive and curious mind as it is for a developed palate. Once you start, it's hard to stop, but when you're dealing with a wine of this quality, would you even want to?
Rating 95 DEC
Region Piedmont: Italian culture values the unbreakable bond we share with family and very few things showcase that connection quite like a shared meal. Therefore, it's only natural that wine would also take its place as an important cultural aspect. Fine Italian produce always goes well with a variety of dishes, and that makes these wines an incredibly popular choice among wine enthusiasts who appreciate a good get-together. The foothills of the Alps help define this region's significantly colder, continental winter climate, but during the summer, the conditions are similar to the region of Burgundy. Flavor-wise, this region has a mind-boggling variety to offer. Not only is there a healthy selection of approved grapes to work with, but the soil often varies from estate to estate, letting every wine stand out. Expect to encounter powerful notes of rose petal flavor, spices, cherries, dried herbs, anise, and many more. Every bottle has a story to tell. Those of you with a tendency to hoard and collect fine wines will be especially intrigued, as Piedmont wines tend to mature extremely well, developing nuance and becoming more and more delicious as time goes on.
Type of Wine Barolo: Barolo have cemented their spot as one of Italy's most famous and desirable achievements, decorating the cellars of every serious wine collector. While the grape they're made from is rather dark and dusty-looking, the elixir that comes from this varietal is an almost crystal clear, light red, like a pair of seductive lips glistening in the candlelight.
Varietal Nebbiolo
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