Barolo Brunate DOCG

Marcarini is located in the heart of La Morra, a quaint hilltop village with a population of 2,758, surrounded on all sides by perfectly manicured hillside vineyards. The building goes back to the 1700s and is connected to a medieval tower. The winery’s historic cool, underground cellars are ideal for classic élevage. The exquisite Marcarini range features an embracing style, outstanding longevity and that blockbuster structure Piedmont is famous for.

Marcarini, founded in the 1850s, was among the very first in the Langhe area to designate single vineyards on its labels – as early as the 1950s. In fact, Boschi di Berri Pre-Fillossera, one of its historic crus, is over 150 years old and planted with rare, pre-Phylloxera Dolcetto vines. All their vineyards are estate-owned in some of the most sought-after areas of the region known for winemaking excellence. These wonderful locations, the steepness of the slopes, the nature of the terrain, sun exposure and exceptional microclimate are not only conducive to top wines, but to non-aggressive, natural vineyard management. Vineyard surface covers 42 of the estate’s total 62 acres (17 and 25 hectares respectively).

Brunate has been recognized as one of the best crus zones for Barolo for seven hundred years. It was first listed as an “Additional Geographical Definition,” which aims to further narrow down the eleven municipalities.

The Marcarini family is proud to respect traditions that have led to beautiful wines for many generations. In fact, they concentrate on low yields, respecting the grapes natural cycle and waiting until they reach absolute perfection and meticulous selection. South and southwest-facing vineyards feature classic calcareous-clay soil with a high magnesium content. Extended maceration lasts at least twenty-eight days and aging takes place in oak for a minimum of twenty-four months.

A noble rendition that pays homage to its roots with a vast aromatic profile and elegant palate.


Wine exported to

Bermuda, Canada, USA, Puerto Rico, Australia, Austria

Most recent awards

  • 2015 | Vinous Media 92
  • 2014 | Wine Spectator91
  • 2015 | Vinous92
  • 2015 | James Suckling94
  • 2014 | Wine Enthusiast90
  • 2013 | Wine & Spirits91
  • 2010 | Wine Advocate91
  • 2010 | International Wine Cellar93
  • 2009 | Wine Review Online95
Grape Varieties:

100% Nebbiolo

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel, concrete tanks

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

5-10 days

Type of yeast:

Selected yeast

Fermentation temperature:

27 °C (80.6 °F)

Maceration technique:

Submerged Cap Maceration

Length of maceration:

up to 45 days after fermentation

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Fining agent:

None

Aging containers:

Oak barrels

Container size:

22-45 Hl

Container age:

From 10 to 50 Years Old

Type of oak:

Slavonian

Bottling period:

July

Aging before bottling:

24 months In Oak + 6 Months in Stainless Steel

Aging in bottle:

6 Months

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

No

Vineyard location:

La Morra and Barolo, Piedmont

Vineyard size:

4.5 hectares (11 acres)

Soil composition:

Calcareous clay with high magnesium content

Vine training:

Espalier

Altitude:

300 meters (984 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

4,000 vines per hectare

Yield:

70 q/he

Exposure:

Southern

Years planted:

1978, 1987

Age of vines:

32 and 41 years old

Time of harvest:

Mid October

First vintage of this wine:

Before 1900

Total yearly production (in bottles):

9,500

Tasting notes:

The nose is composite, rich, full and persistent, with hints of roses, sweet spices, tobacco, mountain hay and brushwood. Impressive taste sensations reveal the wine’s imperious, noble, warm and velvety character, and the flavor is long and intense.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Perfect with flavorful traditional meat dishes. It is superb with braised beef, game and aged cheese.

Aging potential:

20+ years

Alcohol:

Alc. cont. 14% by vol.

Winemaker:

The Marcarini family and Valter Bonetti