Azelia Barolo “Cerretta” 2019

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Alcohol: 14%

Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo

Localization: Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

Tasting Notes: An explosive energy of Serralunga d’Alba with grace and vigor. Black cherries, wild berries, and plums with menthol, sage, and saline notes. Pure ardor.

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Cerretta is one of my favorite sites in Serralunga d'Alba because it consists of vines wrapped around a hilltop with various exposures. For that reason, Cerretta wines can vary widely from producer to producer. The Azelia 2019 Barolo Cerretta has dark fruit and spice, but the bouquet is mostly colored by flinty mineral tones, smoke and pencil shaving. It offers terrific balance and also manages some softly perfumed notes of violet and blue flower that you don't get in the other wines. It sees 50 days of extended maceration and 30 months of aging in large oak casks.

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.