Estate: Azelia di Luigi Scavino was established in 1920 when Cavalier Lorenzo Scavino began to make wine from the grapes in his family’s vineyards. Today, his grandson and 5th generation winemaker Luigi heads the 16 hectare estate, along with his wife and son. Luigi’s wines are renowned for their classical character and superb quality.
Philosophy: A combination of respect for tradition and modern techniques that allow the wine to express itself.
Winemaking: Luigi’s father Lorenzo planted the vineyards in the 1940’s. These old vines are known for “their lower yields and their deeper roots, which produce amazing grapes”. Organic and sustainable farming is practiced; absolutely no chemicals are added to the soil. Natural manure is added only to the poorest soils every 3-4 years; native grasses are left to flourish between the rows. Only wild fermentation is used, the wine is not filtered or clarified and enzymes are not added. Aged in stainless steel “to exalt its attractive freshness”. Bricco dell’Oriolo pays homage to his family history. His mother had a small vineyard in front of the church of the Madonna dell’Oriolo, whilst nearby his father had a small vineyard as well. Scavino combined the two vineyards, crafting this Dolcetto from vines aged 60 years and older.
Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with inviting aromas of violets, candied cherry and peppery spice. Gliding atop dry black tea tannins, silky cherry and blackberry flavours are fused with crushed black peppercorn and dried floral elements. The dry, spicy finish displays the distinctive bitter almond note Dolcetto is famous for.
Dolcetto d’Alba DOC
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino
Rated 88 points by Wine Spectator