The 2019 Barolo Margheria is laced with sage, menthol, licorice, underbrush, dried herbs and sage. This sinewy Serralunga Barolo has good depth, although it is on the lighter side structurally for this cru. Nevertheless, the wine’s persistence makes up for that to some degree.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2034
Robert Parker 95+
Azelia makes three wines with fruit from Serralunga d’Alba, including San Rocco, Cerretta and this wine. There is also a Riserva from Bricco Voghera. The 2019 Barolo Margheria comes from a southwest facing slope opposite the Perno Vineyard. The site has very poor soils with white clay, and the vines (aged 65 years old on average) are forced to push their roots very deep as a result. This wine has a tight and very firm personality with dark fruit, rusty nail, dusty mineral and tight structure. Those rusty mineral aromas give it away as Serralunga d’Alba. This is an age-worthy wine, with 5,900 bottles released. Monica Larner
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045
Kenny Stewart 95+
Roses and exotic tea notes and a distinctly saline nose also. Fabulous intensity. Some clay and salty notes clearly accompanying the plummy fruit with aspects of sage and dried herbs. The clay terroir comes through in spades on the palate too, with more Serralunga tannin and a greater weight of fruit. Absolutely textbook with an assuredly dry but balanced structure. Superb presence and depth – masses of character and fuller of body with that chalky, saline note of the nose resonating on the lengthy finish. From 2027 – 2040+.
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2040