Like the famous Grand Cru of Burgundy, Le Musigny, Brunate is owned by just 10 producers and is regarded as one of the Piedmont’s finest vineyards. In fact, it ranked number 1 in Barolo on a recent classification alongside Cerequio and Rocche di Castiglione.
This sweet spot for Barolo straddles the towns of La Morra and Barolo and is well-known for producing wines with astonishing depth, pure fruit and long-ageing potential.
The Marengo family is a small producer based in La Morra, Piedmont and has been producing Barolo since 1899. Their 1.5 ha block of Brunate, planted in 1950, represents an incredible one quarter of their vineyard holdings!
In a style that ‘respects the fruit’, the winemaking is traditional and only 20% new oak is used for maturation. The 2011 Brunate offers incredibly fine, layered fruit and shows deft power around its backward structure. Long-ageing reds of comparable quality can fetch many times its price.
Marengo, Barolo Brunate 2011 – R 850
The 2011 Barolo Brunate presents an extra layer of darkness, richness and aromatic intensity that sets it apart from Marco Marengo’s other wines. A portion of this vineyard site was previously rented to Elio Altare, but that contract has expired and the fruit is now being used to increase production of this beautiful wine. This wine is busting with a clean and polished persona, and a sheer sense of energy and fruitiness. It should stand up to long cellar-ageing. Drink 2017 to 2035. – Wine Advocate, 94/100
Marengo, Dolcetto d’Alba 2014 – R 215
The 2014 Dolcetto d’Alba is a good choice for drinking over the next few years. Smoke, liquorice, tobacco and leather add complexity in this tasty, mid-weight offering from Marco Marengo. – Antonio Galloni, 87/100
Marengo, Barbera d’Alba Pugnane 2013 – R 315
The 2013 Barbera d’Alba Vigneto Pugnane does a great job with a notoriously difficult grape. The wine presents a clean bouquet with tones of wild berry, cassis and white cherry. This is one of the more elegant Barberas I tasted from the 2013 vintage. The acidity is bright, but there is enough fruit to soften any residual sharpness. Drink 2015 to 2019. – Wine Advocate, 89/100
Marengo, Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore 2013 – R 395
Spicy and dark, the 2013 Nebbiolo d’Alba Vigneto Valmaggiore is a fantastic wine to keep at home for informal dinners with family and friends. The nose is compelling with cola, liquorice and herbal elements that add layers of intensity to the dark fruit and spice at the back. Drink 2015 to 2019. – Wine Advocate, 90/100
Marengo, Barolo 2011 – R 575
The 2011 Barolo represents many of the characteristics of the La Morra township. It shows a bright and buoyant quality of fruit with few distractions to get in the way. The mouth feel is plump and ripe with soft contours and a luscious texture. This is a Barolo that is characterized by power and structure. Drink 2017 to 2028. – Wine Advocate, 92/100