Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco 1996


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Alcohol: 14%

Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo

Localization: Barolo, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy

Tasting Notes: Azelia's 1996 Barolo Bricco Fiasco has aged nicely. Time in bottle has softened the contours, which makes 1996 an excellent choice for drinking now and over a handful of years. The flavors are quite dark and bold, but the wine's structure is very much on the medium-bodied side of things. it is very beautiful and very nicely balanced.

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: The 1996 Barolo Bricco Fiasco explodes with tobacco, balsam wood, cedar, tar, and the tell-tale cherry fruit. In the mouth, toasty oak makes an appearance. Full-bodied, tannic, deep, and powerful, with a huge impact and density, this modern-styled wine has the body and force of a more traditionally made Barolo.

Food pairing: Lamb

The Domain: Azienda Agricola Azelia is an Italian family-owned estate, based in Castiglione Falletto and best known for its range of single-vineyard Barolo wines.

The estate has been producing wine since the early 20th Century, and now has around 16 hectares (40 acres) of vineyards in Castiglione Fallett, Serralunga d'Alba and Montelupo Albese. These are mainly populated with old vines producing a low yields of small, concentrated berries. A majority of which are Nebbiolo, but holdings also include plantings of Dolcetto and Barbera of which both feature as varietals wines in the collection.