AZELIA BAROLO 2009 mini review

I tasted this one at the Trialto Top Drops tasting event. They had double decanted it and it had been open for about 6 hours. Even with this the wine caught my attention! Dark in color with a mild nose of dried berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays dried fruits to match the nose, consistent with a Barolo. On the long finish the wine displays some typical super dryness, some nice tannins and some acidity, all of which live on nicely in the mouth as a Barolo should! It’ s a lovely well made Barolo. The fruit was kind of subdued but I suspect this is because of the length of time it was open before I got to taste it. I would give it a 90+ even as I tasted it. I’d love to taste this right out of the bottle. This year is worth $40.95 and will be released Dec 7th 2013. That’s not a bad price for a well made Barolo! I’ll be keeping an eye on this one!

From the LCBO web site (for a different year):
AZELIA BAROLO 2007 VINTAGES 291963 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 48.00
Made in: Piedmont, Italy By: Az. Agr. Azelia
Release Date: Oct 4, 2012
14.5% Alcohol/Vol. Style: Full-bodied & Firm Varietal: Nebbiolo
Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Perfumed and almost smoky with plum and berry undertones. Then turns to flowers. Full body, with rich and velvety tannins and a solid core of fruit. Dried strawberries and prunes. Rich and beautiful. Amazing quality for the blended Barolo from here. From vines of 70 percent Serralunga and 30 percent Castiglione Falleto. Score – 94. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, May 9, 2011)

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