Azelia Barolo San Rocco 2017 750ml
SKU: 25804

Azelia Barolo San Rocco 2017

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A cuirassier. Fleshy, extremely focused. Here Serralunga d'Alba is present with signs of licorice, spices and dark fruits. Cherry, currant and blueberry melt harmoniously together. Velvety and sweetly ripe, with splendidly integrated tannins. San Rocco gives an impression of great power, austerity, with an incredible aging potential. Pure complexity. A strong character. Monumental.
  • v94

The 2017 Barolo San Rocco is powerful and tightly wound. All of its energy is focused inward today. There is terrific brightness and focus to the red berry fruit, but the 2017 is not in a mood to show much today. Readers will have to be patient. I am encourage by the wine's solid feel and pure power.

Antonio Galloni, February 2021
Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd93

The 2017 Barolo San Rocco has aromas of leather, black cherry, cedar, and licorice. The palate is ripe up front and leads with black raspberry, baking spice, and balsamic. Consistent with gripping structure, these wines need time to unfurl. Drink 2025-2042.

May 27, 2021
Wine Advocate
  • wa92

The Azelia 2017 Barolo San Rocco shows some tightness and firmness initially, but it ultimately reveals an open and accessible quality of fruit with dried raspberry, cherry and wild plum. Those fruit flavors take a sudden turn to embrace some of the more mineral aromas associated with Serralunga d'Alba, such as iron ore and rusty nail. This hot and dry vintage release of 7,500 bottles doesn't show the same depth or complexity that we saw in the classic 2016 growing season. Instead, this wine is fruit forward and a little more contoured and streamlined overall. On the close, you do get a point of dusty astringency that should subside with time.

Monica Larner, June 17, 2021
Wine Spectator
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Macerated cherry and berry flavors are the main themes in this red, graced by menthol, tobacco and tar. Lively acidity and firm, raspy tannins lend support. This is lean and sinewy, yet long. Best from 2025 through 2043. 640 cases made, 420 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, November 30, 2021
Wine Enthusiast
  • we88

Aromas of scorched earth and eucalyptus form the nose along with the barest whiff of violet. The assertive palate is full-bodied but rather lean in terms of fruit richness, recalling dried cherry, orange zest, powdered sage and ground clove before grainy tannins clench the astringent finish. You'll also notice the heat of evident alcohol.

Kerin O'Keefe, November 1, 2021

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