2002 Azelia Barolo San Rocco

(this may simply be labeled as Barolo) Medium red. High-toned aromas of plum, orange peel and nutty oak. Juicy and firm but a bit lean, with strong baking spice flavors and some tart acidity. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins and modest length.


2001 Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco

Good full red. Inviting aromas of plum, mocha, spices and underbrush. Sweet, rich and liqueur-like, with elevated alcohol currently blurring the wine's flavors. Rather chunky, slightly aggressive Barolo that finishes with big, dusty tannins. An awkward showing today; I would expect this wine to come into harmony with a few years of additional bottle aging.


2001 Azelia Barolo San Rocco

Full, bright red. Red fruits, coffee and nuts on the nose. Fresher and tighter than the Bricco Fiasco, with nicely delineated red fruit flavors. A more backward style, and quite firm, even a bit youthfully tough, on the back end. Azelia used about 40% new barriques for these 2001s, down from 70% in 2000.


2000 Azelia Barolo

Medium-deep red. Aromas of dried flowers, licorice, menthol, tar and dill. Sweet and thick on the palate, with flavors of dark berries and leather. Less oaky than this producer's crus but there's some greenness lurking. Finishes with broad, dusty, slightly drying tannins.

2000 Azelia Barolo San Rocco

($78) Medium red. Aromas of plum and spicy oak. Sweet flavors of plum, marzipan and oak. Showed good texture and depth to support its wood, but still comes across as rather sweet-oaky in character. The initially sweet tannins showed a dry oaky edge with aeration. In an awkward stage today.


2000 Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco

Full red. Nose dominated by flowers and brown spices. Rich, dense, fat and sweet, with a lovely pliant texture. Complicating note of tobacco. Finishes long and lush, with building, sweet tannins. Very true to the vintage.


2000 Azelia Barolo Riserva

(mostly from 70-year-old vines in Baudana) Good medium red. Rather Rioja-like aromas of currant, plum, mocha, nutmeg and graphite. Sweet and mellow but not especially vibrant. Still, this offers very good texture and better integration of oak than the San Rocco. Finishes rich, dense and broad, with substantial ripe tannins and a strong suggestion of chocolatey oak. (Marc de Grazia; numerous importers, including Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; Vin Divino, Chicago, IL; and Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael, CA)

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