Barolo and Barbaresco offer unbelievable aromatics and finesse with a delicacy akin to Pinot Noir but with riper and richer tannins. They develop ‘the most extraordinarily haunting bouquet… of roses, autumn…

Barolo and Barbaresco offer unbelievable aromatics and finesse with a delicacy akin to Pinot Noir but with riper and richer tannins. They develop ‘the most extraordinarily haunting bouquet… of roses, autumn undergrowth, woodsmoke, violets and tar’ writes Jancis Robinson. Frankly, these two offer ridiculous value compared to the likes of Burgundy, Bordeaux and even Tuscany.

Few grapes offer the character, depth and age-ability of Nebbiolo grown in Piedmont. Arguably more difficult to master than Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo is at home in the north-western corner of Italy where the Alps meet the Mediterranean sea.

The small family producer M. Marengo, in the town of La Morra, has produced a beauty in the cooler 2014 vintage. The 2014 Marengo Barolo is classically styled, mineral, perfumed and ‘similar to the 1996’ says Marco. On Wine Advocate, it is described as a ‘solid expression of Nebbiolo with delicate, almost Burgundian lines’. We have been importing Marengo wines for 10 years and know that it will age well for 2 decades.

In contrast, the Produttori del Barbaresco, from the other side of Alba, heralds from the warm 2015 vintage. Often regarded as one of the world’s greatest co-operatives, their traditional and honest style is slightly more exotic and plush. The 2015 Barbaresco will offer immense joy in its youth but, it too will age for a decade or more. Piedmont continues to rise in the world of wine and should feature in all fine wine collections. Browse our full selection of Piedmont wines.

Tasting notes:

Marengo, Barolo 2014
Here’s a solid expression of Nebbiolo with delicate, almost Burgundian lines. The 2014 Barolo gives off an initial impression of greater power and density. This effect does not last long because the more you contemplate the bouquet, the more you are made aware of its delicate and fine nature. There are blue fruit aromas backed by very pretty tones of crushed mineral, ash and pressed violets. The mouthfeel is broad and persistent, albeit less dense or rich compared to past vintages. Marco Marengo tells me that 2014 reminds him of the 1996 vintage, thanks to the wine’s ability to maintain its natural freshness. – Wine Advocate, 92/100

Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco 2015
The 2015 Barbaresco will hit the market on September 1st. It was scheduled to be released in October, but because Produttori del Barbaresco is already out of stock of the 2014 Barbaresco, they decided to move this release up and shorten waiting times. I mention that because you definitely don’t want to pop the cork too early. The 2015 vintage opens to a visibly darker colour and thicker concentration compared to recent past vintages. Next to the upcoming 2016 and 2017 editions, we can expect 2015 to be the most fruit-forward of the three. You get dark tones of plum and blackberry with dry tannins at the rear. – Wine Advocate, 93/100

Charming aromas of cherry, strawberry and rose are inviting in this red, with flavours to match, showing ripeness and focus. Earth and mineral elements chime in as this firms up, but the harmony is there and this should really sing in about five years. – Wine Spectator, 93/100

 

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