Saturday 14 September 2013

Saturday Dinner Barolo - 2001 & 2004 San Rocco, Azelia

Ever since I put the 2001 & 2004 Bricco Fiasco from Azelia head to head for dinner, I have had a craving to do the same with the San Rocco. It has taken some time but now was the right moment!
With the dying summers last opportunity to grill outside we put some nice meat on the grill and just a had a luke warm potato salad with the tender meat.
I opened the bottles and decanted them for two hours, they needed that time to really show of.
San Rocco is a vineayrd in Serralunga d´Alba and Azelia made its first San Rocco in 1995.

2001 Barolo San Rocco, Azelia
A deep, intense and powerful nose with notes of sweet dark cherries, rosehips en masse, cigar ashes, licorice, violets and rose petals. A wonderful sweetness to the fruit. High and complex. Just lovely. A hint of maturity but this has a long way to go.
The taste is tight and concentrated and feels younger than the nose. Gorgeous notes of red and black cherries, licorice, mushrooms and rose petals. The finish goes on for over a minute and in the end the sandy tannins emerge. A very fine warmth. Has structure and balance. I would give this 5 more years in the cellar but there is no crime open one bottle now. Great wine!
95p   (tasted 2013/09)

2004 Barolo San Rocco, Azelia
The three year younger sibling is more restrained and tough. The nose is deep, concentrated but somewhat withdrawn, with notes of black cherries, blueberries, licorice, hard cherry candy and forest floor. There are lots of good stuff here but it needs more time, even with considerable air it doesn´t really open up.
The taste is young, tough and massive with notes of hard cherry candy, dried strawberries, Christmas spices and cherry pips. The finish is long, warm and focused. The tannins rolls in and takes over the taste after 30 seconds. This is a beauty in the making, but wait at least 7+ years before open a bottle.
92p   (tasted 2013/09)

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