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, 3rd generation winemaker Luigi, along with his son Lorenzo, head the 16 hectare estate. 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 Alfonso 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, enzymes are not added.
Grapes are sourced from Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba vineyards [for the 2005 vintage, the majority of grapes came from Serralunga]. The soils are white calcareous and a clay mix. Aged for 2 years in large casks. This is the estate’s entry, or “base” Barolo; it is only made in the years that the Barolo Riserva Bricco Voghera is not produced.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour. Very aromatic, with cherry, black cherry, plum, rose petal, tarry earth, cedar, cinnamon, peppery spice and eucalyptus. Black cherry, blackberry, fig, leather, fennel, clove, crushed black peppercorn, eucalyptus, and tarry earth are accented by fresh acidity and grippy tannins. Orange zest, clove, cherry and cedar linger on the velvety finish. Complex, well structured, pure with a rustic slant, just lovely.
Estate Bottled by Luigi Scavino
Rated 92 points by Wine Spectator
Rated 90 points by Wine Advocate