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Azelia Barolo San Rocco 2013 750ml

size
750ml
country
Italy
region
Piedmont
appellation
Barolo
DC
95
VM
95
WA
94
JS
94
WS
93
WE
91
Additional vintages
DC
95
Rated 95 by Decanter
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. ... More details
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Azelia Barolo San Rocco 2013 750ml

SKU 878905
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$83.11
/750ml bottle
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Professional Ratings
DC
95
VM
95
WA
94
JS
94
WS
93
WE
91
DC
95
Rated 95 by Decanter
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.
VM
95
Rated 95 by Vinous Media
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.
WA
94
Rated 94 by Wine Advocate
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.
JS
94
Rated 94 by James Suckling
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.
WS
93
Rated 93 by Wine Spectator
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.
WE
91
Rated 91 by Wine Enthusiast
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.
Winery
Velvety and sweetly ripe, with splendidly integrated tannins. San Rocco gives an impression of great power, austerity, with an incredible aging potential. Pure complexity. A strong character. Monumental.
Product Details
size
750ml
country
Italy
region
Piedmont
appellation
Barolo
Additional vintages
Overview
Rated 95 - 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.
green grapes

Varietal: Nebbiolo

The Nebbiolo grape varietal is widely understood to be the fruit responsible for Italy's finest aged wines. However, its popularity and reliability as a grape which gives out outstanding flavors and aromas has led it to be planted in many countries around the world, with much success. These purple grapes are distinguishable by the fact that they take on a milky dust as they begin to reach maturity, leading many to claim that this is the reason for their unusual name, which means 'fog' in Italian. Nebbiolo grapes produce wines which have a wide range of beautiful and fascinating flavors, the most common of which are rich, dark and complex, such as violet, truffle, tobacco and prunes. They are generally aged for many years to balance out their characteristics, as their natural tannin levels tend to be very high.
barrel

Region: Piedmont

For hundreds of years, the beautiful alpine region of Piedmont in north-west Italy has been producing excellent quality red wines, and some of the most characterful sparkling white wines to have ever come out of the Old World. The region is dominated by the mighty Alps which form the border between Italy, France and Switzerland, and the Moscato grapes that are grown in the foothills of this mountain range carry much of the Alps' flavors in their fruit, and are fed by crystal clear mountain waters. However, it is the Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera grapes which are the real stars of this region, and the highly respected wineries which cover much of Piedmont have generations of experience when it comes to processing and aging these grape varietals to produce the superb wines which come out of appellations such as Barolo and Barberesco.
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Country: Italy

It isn't difficult to understand why Italy is famed not just for the quality of its wines, but also for the vast variety and range of characteristics found in the wines there. The terrain of the country varies wildly, from the lush rolling green hills and valley of Tuscany, to the sun drenched rocky coasts of Sicily, the mountainous and alpine regions of the north, and the marshy lowlands of the east. Italy really does have a little bit of everything. Combine this huge range of landscapes with an almost perfect climate for grape cultivation, and you have a country seemingly designed for viticultural excellence. The results speak for themselves, and it is clear to see that wine has become an inseparable part of Italian culture as a result of its abundance and brilliance. Each village, city and region has a local wine perfectly matched with the cuisine of the area, and not an evening passes without the vast majority of Italian families raising a glass of locally sourced wine with pride and pleasure.
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Varietal: Nebbiolo

The Nebbiolo grape varietal is widely understood to be the fruit responsible for Italy's finest aged wines. However, its popularity and reliability as a grape which gives out outstanding flavors and aromas has led it to be planted in many countries around the world, with much success. These purple grapes are distinguishable by the fact that they take on a milky dust as they begin to reach maturity, leading many to claim that this is the reason for their unusual name, which means 'fog' in Italian. Nebbiolo grapes produce wines which have a wide range of beautiful and fascinating flavors, the most common of which are rich, dark and complex, such as violet, truffle, tobacco and prunes. They are generally aged for many years to balance out their characteristics, as their natural tannin levels tend to be very high.
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Region: Piedmont

For hundreds of years, the beautiful alpine region of Piedmont in north-west Italy has been producing excellent quality red wines, and some of the most characterful sparkling white wines to have ever come out of the Old World. The region is dominated by the mighty Alps which form the border between Italy, France and Switzerland, and the Moscato grapes that are grown in the foothills of this mountain range carry much of the Alps' flavors in their fruit, and are fed by crystal clear mountain waters. However, it is the Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera grapes which are the real stars of this region, and the highly respected wineries which cover much of Piedmont have generations of experience when it comes to processing and aging these grape varietals to produce the superb wines which come out of appellations such as Barolo and Barberesco.
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Country: Italy

It isn't difficult to understand why Italy is famed not just for the quality of its wines, but also for the vast variety and range of characteristics found in the wines there. The terrain of the country varies wildly, from the lush rolling green hills and valley of Tuscany, to the sun drenched rocky coasts of Sicily, the mountainous and alpine regions of the north, and the marshy lowlands of the east. Italy really does have a little bit of everything. Combine this huge range of landscapes with an almost perfect climate for grape cultivation, and you have a country seemingly designed for viticultural excellence. The results speak for themselves, and it is clear to see that wine has become an inseparable part of Italian culture as a result of its abundance and brilliance. Each village, city and region has a local wine perfectly matched with the cuisine of the area, and not an evening passes without the vast majority of Italian families raising a glass of locally sourced wine with pride and pleasure.