Azelia Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
Established in 1920 by patriarch Lorenzo Scavino, Azelia is located in the commune of Castiglione Falletto. This small town is an a special and unique location, where the two soils types of Barolo are stratified together, lending both power and elegance to the wines. In 1967, Alfonso Scavino (son of Lorenzo) took the reins of the estate and bottled the first wines under the Azelia name. Today, Alfonso’s son, Luigi and grandson, Lorenzo are the 3rd and 4th generations in charge of this family estate. To this day, the father and son team continue to apply what they learned from previous generations, making wines that respect the traditions of their forefathers, while utilizing modern techniques to continually improve their quality year-after-year.
Azelia’s vineyard management program under Agronomist Nicola Algamante focuses on integrated pest management and integrated disease control in the vineyards. The number of pest-control treatments is reduced to a minimum, and copper- and sulfur-based products are mainly utilized. Soil analysis is carried out every two years and organic fertilizers are used when needed. Cover crops are sown between the rows of vines, the grass is mowed and the soil is not tilled. There is very careful use of SO2 in the wines.
While Lorenzo wants this red on ordinary dining tables, the Nebbiolo in the bottle is anything but. All of the fruit comes from Barolo vineyards in Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba. The vines are 20-25 years old and grow in white calcareous soils about 350M above sea level. 9,800 bottles produced annually.