Barolo, Sarmassa, Vigna Merenda, 2011

  Azienda Scarzello

£195.00 for 6x75cl
10 cs, 4 btls
£215.00 for 3x150cl
10 cs

A monopole parcel within the top part of the Sarmassa vineyard, next to Cerequio. A real beauty, sensual and floral red and black fruits but with a fervour and depth that puts it one step above the regular Barolo. Wonderfully complex array of fruits, garriguettes strawberries, Victoria plum, damson, fresh cut cflower. So alluring and velvety but with a bright “digest” edge. As seductive as they come. This was fermented for 35 days on the skins, a little less than usual because 2011 was a slightly hotter vintage. Aged in 25hl german and slavonian oak casks for around 30 months before two years aging in bottle.

Contains Sulphites.

About Azienda Scarzello

Scarzello Giorgio e Figli is a small gem of an estate housed in the middle of Barolo. This diminutive, traditional, Barolo domaine owns a mere five hectares, nearly half of which are in Sarmassa, one of the region’s top crus. Aromatically enticing, bursting with juicy sweet red fruits and to die for silky textures.

Federico and his father, Giorgio, took the bold decision to make a wholesale replanting in the late nineties. A few years later and Federico took over sole running of the estate, in 2001, and set about taking it to the next level, adjusting certain aspects of the winemaking whilst remaining greatly respectful to the family’s traditional ways. This has now become a forward-looking domaine fast on the rise. The vines may be young, averaging just above twenty years old, but they are in good health and planted densely to lower yields. Federico recently bought a plot of 100 year old Nebbiolo, not a prime site, but the plant material was of the high quality Michet clone. He intends to use cuttings of this for future replantings. The wines are fermented (with wild yeast since the 2006 vintage) long and slow – sometimes up to 55 days depending on the vintage. They are then aged for around 30 months in large German and Slavonian oak casks before a further three years ageing in bottle. Scarzello’s wines demand time and are usually released at least a year or two later than those of their peers.

The wines are full to the brim of site specific character, charm, and power in equal measure. Federico’s work hails the re-birth of a great, traditional Barolo domaine.

Appellation: Barolo

Barolo is the greatest, most intense and expressive display of the Northern Italian grape variety Nebbiolo. The name is given to bottles from the Piedmont area, made exclusively from Nebbiolo, and coming from the five core towns of Barolo, La Morra, Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte d'Alba, along with certain other peripherary villages. The wines offer power, aromatics and longevity that is almost unmatched elsewhere in Italy, perhaps the world. Top, forward thinking producers have pushed huge changes in the winemaking culture of the area, and as a result finer, purer Barolo is being produced than ever before.

Grape Type: Nebbiolo

Arguably Italy's greatest red grape variety, responsible in North-West Italy’s Piedmont region for the great reds of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. At its best it produces wines of an aromatic complexity and subtlety similar to that of great Burgundy, a region from where many pioneering producers such as Elio Altare drew their inspiration. The aromas and flavours are very different in profile to Pinot Noir however, usually characterised by roses, tar and truffle. Naturally tannic and acidic, Nebbiolo wines are excellent for long term ageing.