If you read the Wine Bites Article reviewing a brace of Barolo from the 2004 vintage, you’ll see two of Azelia’s wines not get such a positive review from me.
With those wines in the back of my mind, I had no great hope when I spotted Azelia’s 2013 Barolo and 2015 Dolcetto in a tasting line up. I was more than pleasantly surprised after tasting. Both delicious wines with lovely structure and development.
The story behind the Dolcetto is intriguing. In the Barolo zone producers have grubbed up Dolcetto and Barbera to plant the more profitable Nebbiolo, often leaving only lesser sites for Dolcetto and Barbera. As always there are exceptions to the rule like Voerzio and his phenomenal Barbera.
Azelia have taken a different approach. Just outside the Barolo zone lies Montelupo Albese with sites perfectly suited to Dolcetto. Don’t take my word for it just try the Vino. There’s few Dolcetto’s that pump out this much fun in a glass for the $. Along with Cavallotto, Bartolo Mascarello, and, Massolino, Azelia is now one of my go to Dolcetto’s, it’s not in the league of Bartolo Mascarello, it’s also about half the price. It’s just a bloody good, fun, drink!
The 2013 Barolo is a stunner, sophisticated elegant, great poise and delicacy, lovely flowers, and, lingering flavours. It’s a great drink now Barolo, while you wait for bolder wines to settle and find their groove.
I’ll be doing a Margheria smackdown with both Azelia and Massolino soon! Can’t wait!
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