From the top of this steep and warm hill in Castiglione Falletto, Bricco Fiasco was the first Cru vinified separately by Azelia. It is an historical Cru that has been produced since 1978.
The vines were planted in the 1940s by Luigi’s father, Lorenzo. Today, the same vines produce small, concentrated bunches and their ripening is impeccable. The white calcareous soil gives the wine an elegant profile with sweet and silky tannins.
The name Fiasco comes from the shape of the hill where the vineyard is located: it has a rounded shape, a bit like a flask - the old bottle used in the past to house red wine.
The wine embodies superlative harmony and elegance: the vines age, 65 years on average, yielding almost indescribable aspects - enveloping and never-ending flowers and fruits. Bricco Fiasco perfectly captures the radiant personality of Castiglione.
Extremely perfumed, floral, with a core of red fruit. Rich, warm, intensely fresh. Ripe tannins.
100% Nebbiolo from 2.5 ha of south-facing vines up to 80 years old (average of 65 years) grown in calcareous clay soils. Maceration lasts for an average of 25 days, followed by maturation in medium-capacity oak barrels and French oak barriques (10% new, 90% second use) for 24 months. The wine then ages in bottle for one year before release.
Established in 1920 by patriarch Lorenzo Scavino, Azelia is located in the commune of Castiglione Falletto. This small town is in 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.
Luigi Scavino is the cousin of Enrico Scavino of Paolo Scavino winery, and the two share ownership of the famed Fiasco hill. In addition, Azelia has holdings of the San Rocco and Margheria vineyards located in Serralunga d’Alba, and they produce old vines bottlings of both Barbera and Dolcetto.
To this day, Azelia remains a Barolo lover’s secret – though the estate somehow continues to fly under the radar, they have built their reputation around beautiful wines of uncompromising quality.
This is another utterly compelling Barolo from Luigi Scavino, which comes from the Bricco Fiasco cru on the top of the hill in Castiglione Falletto. This was the the first Cru vinified separately and contains the oldest vines, 65 years in age. The result is a Barolo of incredible class and elegance with bright fruit, polished tannins and gorgeous acidity. Dark cherries, strawberries, minerals and spring florals all continue to remain persistent through the long, graceful finish. This gorgeous Barolo should evolve beautifully over the next decade and beyond.
MONICA LARNER - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2013 Barolo Bricco Fiasco shows exceptional balance in this terrific vintage. The wine starts slowly but increases in a steady upswing of intensity and complexity as it takes on air in the glass. This vineyard located in Castiglione Falletto was planted in the 1940s, and the vines are now 80 years old, on average. They are at their production prime, especially when it comes to the nuanced and finessed fruit produced. The soils here show a larger percentage of sand compared to neighboring Serralunga d'Alba, and the wine is more fruit forward and elegant as a result. The bouquet offers pressed rose, violets and warm autumnal notes. Only 6,300 bottles were produced. This is a terrific wine.
This is very structured with dried strawberries, hints of walnuts and dried flowers. Leather as well. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Dense and attractive. Better in 2020.
ANTONIO GALLONI MW - VINOUS
The 2013 Barolo Bricco Fiasco is one of the most gracious and delicate wines I have ever tasted from this site. Sweet red cherry, kirsch, mint, cranberry and white pepper give the 2013 its distinctive high-toned personality. Moreover, the firm, searing tannins that are so typical of this site are remarkably polished. Readers should expect an aromatic, perfumed Barolo built on grace more than power. The Bricco Fiasco was aged in French oak barrels, with about 10% new wood
STEPHEN BROOK - DECANTER
Very perfumed nose, with raspberry and redcurrant fruit and beguiling finesse. A medium-bodied style, fresh and limpid, but with ripe tannins and fine acidity that gives lift, elegance, and charm. Long.
WALTER SPELLER - JANCISROBINSON.COM
Castiglione Falletto. Tasted blind. Just mid ruby with orange tinges. Cool, herbal cherry nose. Complex cherry with garden-herbs notes on the palate. Succulent, tannic finish, but in need of further bottle age to open up. 17 / 20 Points.