Barolo, Bricco Viole
    Marco Marengo

    Barolo, Bricco Viole,



    Marco Marengo, Barolo, Bricco Viole, 2017

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Marco Marengo, Barolo, Bricco Viole, 2017

    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.

    Susan Hulme, The Wine Independent
    The 2018 Mario Marengo Barolo Bricco delle Viole has a slightly evolved garnet color at the rim and is lightly perfumed with wild flowers, green herb and cherry. The tannins are quite robust but this is offset by a pleasant and rounded mid-weight feel on the palate with a refreshing juicy acidity on the finish. The beautiful Bricco delle Viole (meaning hill of violets) vineyard is at 420 m asl and benefits from bigger day/nightime temperature differences and cool breezes which encorages more aroma and flavor development.
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    Antonio Galloni, Vinous
    The 2018 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is weightless, ethereal and classic in feel, as Barolos from this site so often are. Crushed flowers, mint, sweet red cherry, anise and rose petal are nicely lifted. Marco Marengo has done a nice job in taming the typically incisive Bricco dell Viole tannins. This is beautifully done.
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    Marco Marengo makes thrilling wines but is still, just about, one of those under the radar producers and as a result the wines offer tremendous value. After working with his father, Mario, for years he finally went it alone in 2001 when his father passed away. With his small holding of 6ha Marco makes some of the most stylish and characterful wines in the region. From Dolcetto through to the fantastic Barolo, Le Brunate - they display the elegance and drinkability that should define great La Morra wines. The Brunate, for which Marco has gained a great reputation, is the jewel in his crown. It is one of the great cru in Barolo and the quintessential La Morra style Barolo with its ethereal perfume and finesse tinged with a complex earthiness and refined but powerful tannins. Marco owns two parcels of vines ranging from 15 to 70 years old. After a gentle, slow fermentation and maceration, the wines are aged in oak barriques, with an absolutely maximum of 25% new wood, for 24 months.

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