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Barolo, Bricco Viole, 2017


Colour: Red
Producer: Marco Marengo
Region: Italy
Appellation: Barolo
Grape Variety: Nebbiolo

Barolo, Bricco Viole, 2017

10 cases
Equiv. £32.92 per bottle

Tasting Note:

Full and hearty but with enough juice and fruit sweetness to cover the structure and body. On the darker, earthier, spicier side of the spectrum. Exotic notes of cinnamon and star anise coupled with undergrowth and dark hedgerow berry . A clear character which it expresses well and clearly. Ripe and rich but with distinct clarity and freshness of fruit. Bricco Viole is a very fine Barolo vineyard that translates as ‘Top of the Violet Hill’ and is one of highest vineyards in the Barolo commune region, 400–450 metres above sea level. Marco's windy, exposed parcel is blessed with a fair chunk of 50-70-year-old vines. It is a late-ripening vineyard that produces small intense berries. The ageing is the same as for Brunate, 24 months in barriques, with a 25% new oak.

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