2016 Azelia Langhe Nebbiolo

SKU #1427613 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo gives us a very encouraging glimpse into the future. Nebbiolo from this cool vintage is phenomenal, and we should have some beautiful surprises very soon when the 2016 Barbarescos and Barolos are released. For now, we can enjoy a wine like this. Aged in stainless steel, this expression opens to a beautiful ruby hue with dark garnet highlights. The effect is crisp, luminous and bright. The varietal purity is especially evident on the bouquet, thanks to cassis, wild rose, blueberry and fresh almond aromas. The vines are 20 years old on average. Drink: 2018-2024. (ML)  (6/2018)


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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2019 | Send Email
I love the ’16 Piemontese wines; they are amazing values and this lovely wine is a baby Barolo. The wine’s perfume is pure nebbiolo: raspberry fruit and dried rose petals with a touch of tobacco and lots of cedar, bursting with sweet fruit, tar, minerals, displaying outstanding depth and fine overall balance. This wine will drink well now and over the next few years, best with the heartiest meats or stews. Better yet, serve after dinner with some great aged cheeses (Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano or Asiago) and an olive tapenade.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2019 | Send Email
What a reminder of how delicious and beautiful Nebbiolo can be. Spicy and peppery on nose with beautiful floral elements amid touches of tobacco leaf. It’s not often I describe red wines as ethereal, but this one certainly fits the bill, all while still being accessible. On the palate, it's more fruit driven with forward tannin and acid drive. I would gladly drink this any day of the week.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2019 | Send Email
Since the outstanding Barale Nebbiolo sold out, we've had numerous requests for additional ones at a sub $20 price point, so the Azelia has arrived at the perfect time. Lorenzo Scavino's Langhe Nebbiolo is sourced from mature vines in his Serralunga and Castiglione Falletto vineyards and it's a stunner. Bright cherry fruit, licorice and mineral soar from the glass while the palate is intense and flavorful with youthful acidity and a prominent tannic spine. Open with heartier dishes and be prepared to be impressed.

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2019 | Send Email
A beautiful wine. I love Nebbiolo's rusticity, yet it's wines like these that show you how sublime a truly elegant Nebbiolo can be. Luigi Scavino consistently produces Langhe Nebbiolo that doesn't feel like the leftovers of Barolo, but instead a wholly new expression of Nebbiolo that celebrates its immense drinkability. Brightly floral, and sweet herbs on the nose accent the dried cherry nose. Its juicy acidity is mouthwatering and helps clean up the surprisingly soft and chalky tannins. This wine is ready to drink and I can't wait to take it home with me tonight.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2019 | Send Email
The nose is classic Langhe, all earth, mushroom and leather with just a hint of sweet fruit in the background. It has a lively acidity to go with the crunchy tannin and says I need a Risotto! On the palate this wine shows a bit of gritty focus, this is the Anti-Fruit Bomb and it reminds me of Nebbiolo during the 1970’s but has exceptional balance. The finish is long, driving and remains with a classic, leather, tar and earth. Definitely a food wine but with a bit of decanting it’s classic.

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Varietal:

Nebbiolo

- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Sub-Region:

Piedmont

- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.