Azelia Barolo San Rocco DOCG 1999
Azelia Barolo San Rocco DOCG 1999
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale+ ruby-brick colour. Intense aromas of berries bursting with ripeness, kirsch, licorice, underbrush and fresh cigars. The palate is still youthful with tons of juicy warm cherry fruit countered by a refreshing backbone of high acidity and a firm level of finely grained tannins. A nice combination of power and refinement in perfect harmony. Long spicy finish. Drink now to 2020+. Tasted June 2009. (LPB, In Asia) (11/2009)
94 points Vinous
The 1999 Barolo San Rocco possesses gorgeous depth and richness. Layers of dark red fruit, smoke, tar, licorice and plums all take shape in the glass in this powerful, beautifully articulated Barolo. In 1999 the San Rocco stands out for its plush, authoritative core of fruit and firm, sturdy tannins. The broad shoulders and pure richness of Serralunga come through in spades. Full tertiary aromas are another few years away, so I would suggest cellaring the 1999 for a little while longer. Still, with air, the 1999 San Rocco is gorgeous today. In truth, the 1999 has been striking since the very beginning. (AG) (8/2014)
91 points Wine Enthusiast
Modern, but it still tastes like Barolo underneath its veneer of toast, coffee and coconut. Under the wood beats a heart of tar, molasses and dates nestled in soft, supple tannins and finishing with juicy acidity. (4/2004)
91 points Wine Spectator
Very attractive nose of blackberry and flowers leads to a full body, with silky, fine tannins and a long, gorgeous finish. Refined and balanced. Hard not to drink now. (JS, Web-2009)
Ionia - Atlantic Importer Notes:
"In 1920 Lorenzo Scavino began to vinify part of the grapes grown in his family's vineyards in Castiglione Falletto. Lorenzo's son, Alfonso, took the next step and began bottling and selling the wine created from their pristine terroir. Luigi's father, Lorenzo (Alfonso's son), began to export the wine. Today Luigi, together with his son Lorenzo, who represents the 5th generation of Azelia's history, oversee the production and marketing of this highly lauded cantina in the heart of the Langhe. Ionia Atlantic Imports is proud to represent Azelia in the midwest as a part of our diverse portfolio of Barolo producers.
In the Cantina...
While Luigi and Lorenzo feel that the most important work is in the vineyards, they also believe that scrupulous attention to detail in the cellar is a fundamental aspect of expressing the very best of what the vineyards give. While they respect tradition, the Scavino family is not averse to modern techniques that they believe ensure the highest quality in the bottle. When we discuss traditional versus modern producers in our portfolio, we often reference Cavallotto, also from Castiglione Falletto, as that most traditional of producers and a reference point for such wines. Azelia produces some of their Barolo in small French oak barrels and some in the traditional large casks (botti grandi) of Slovenian oak. Along with their judicious use of barriques, their utilization of roto-fermentation is an example of the employment of modern techniques, while the restrained use of oak in some of their wines (those aged in traditional botti grandi) exhibits an adherence to tradition. In short, Azelia believes in the use of modern techniques while respecting tradition in order to express the very best that their vineyards have to offer. "