James Suckling
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Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco 2016

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Bricco Fiasco represents the historical Cru of the estate. Here the vines were replanted in the 1940s by Luigi’s father, Lorenzo. Today, the same vines, now 85 years old, produce small, concentrated bunches and their ripening is impeccable.

In 1978, thanks to the unique position and perfect ripening of the berries, Luigi and his father decided to vinify separately, for the first time, the grapes obtained from this vineyard. They absolutely wanted that this vineyard be recognized in bottle and that a label, a wine be dedicated to this vineyard. Barolo Bricco Fiasco was one of the first Barolos to identify a Cru, a single vineyard.

The name Fiasco comes from the shape of the hill where the vineyard is located: it has a rounded shape such as a flask, the old bottle used in the past to contain red wine. On top of this hill, the bricco, there is still today an old well, built by hand by great grandfather Alfonso, with an over hundred-year-old vine pruned to a pergola (trellised vine), useful as a shade shelter during the hot summer afternoons. As the bricco is extremely steep, farmers collected rainwater in the well.

The white calcareous soil gives the wine an elegant profile with sweet and silky tannins. The aromatic character loaded with flowers and fruits is charmingly intense. The average age of the vines is 85 years old. The Bricco Fiasco spends 24 months in oak.

96 Points - Wine Spectator    Scented aromas of rose, cherry, strawberry and currant are the hallmarks of this elegant Barolo, which is grounded by underlying hints of tar and iron, while the lively structure shows fine integration. Long and resonant on the finish.

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate    Of the four single-vineyard wines presented by Azelia, this is the only one that draws its fruit from Castiglione Falletto. The other three see fruit from Serralunga d'Alba. It makes sense then that the 2016 Barolo Bricco Fiasco marches to the beat of its own drum when compared to its siblings in this portfolio. This wine is set apart by the precision of its aromas and not by the overt power that you get in Serralunga d'Alba. Instead, you get linear and direct aromas of wild cherry, dried blueberry, smoke, licorice and crushed limestone. This Bricco Fiasco is beautifully assembled, elegant and laser-focused. Luigi Scavino's grandfather planted this vineyard in the 1940s, and the average age of the plants is 85 years old today. The site has more sand in its soils compared to Serralunga d'Alba, and this explains the bright fruity and sometimes floral characteristics of the wine.

96 Points - Vinous    The 2016 Barolo Bricco Fiasco is a glorious wine. Sweet red cherry, mint, iron, rose petal and blood orange are some of the many aromas and flavors that grace this exquisite, beautifully layered Barolo. A wine of subtlety, nuance and grace, the 2016 has so much to offer. I don't remember ever tasting a Bricco Fiasco with this level of finesse and nuance. Two thousand sixteen is the first vintage in which the Bricco Fiasco is aged part in cask and part in barrique. All I can say is: Wow! 

96 Points - James Suckling    Fresh flowers with strawberries and cedar throughout this. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a very compact palate of tannins that melt into the wine with freshness and brightness. Linear and deep. Drink in 2023 and onwards.