A release of about 6,400 bottles, the Azelia 2017 Barbera d'Alba Punta from vintner Luigi Scavino is a plump and rich expression with plenty of black fruit. In the 2017 vintage, Barbera got what it loves most, plenty of heat and sunshine. Blackberry and black cherry abound, but the wine is not overripe or jammy. In fact, it maintains a good sense of elegance and balance throughout. The fruit comes from 60-year-old vines on a hilltop site, the "point," or punta, in Castiglione Falletto. When you're ready to open it, pull up a recipe for a classic brasato alla Barbera.
Score: 91 points -- Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate, 2021