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2017 Azelia Barolo Cerretta

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February 19, 2023 - $71



98James Suckling

Extremely aromatic with strawberries, flowers, and stones, following through to a full body with layers of fruit and round tannins that go on and on. Rich and opulent, yet polished and toned.

96Wine Spectator

Decadent cherry and currant aromas signal this vibrant, complex red, whose core of ripe fruit defines the palate, with supporting roles from eucalyptus, leather, licorice, tar and mineral...tannins are dense and alive, while the finish goes on and on.

95Vinous / IWC

...powerful wine... Crushed flowers, mint, licorice, blood orange and pine build with time in the glass.

94The Wine Advocate

...a firm and compact wine...substantial textural fiber and fruit intensity. There is sweet cherry and plum followed by candied orange peel and rusty iron ore.

94Jeb Dunnuck

...layered aromatics of dried black cherry, leather, dried thyme, and tar...palate is classically structured with tension and firm tannic grip and a long finish...savory dark fruit is persistent, with extracted black tea and dried earth.

92Wine Enthusiast

Camphor, cedar and leather aromas come to the forefront along with whiffs of underbrush and blue flower. Firmly structured...offering tart cherry, orange zest and tobacco alongside assertive, close-grained tannins that leave a grippy finish.


Italy, Piedmont, Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.


Red Wine, Nebbiolo, D.O.C.G.

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.