M. Marengo Barolo Bricco al Viole 2016
Bricco Viole is on the geological epoch in Barolo that is rich blue clay soils. This matters (and is intensely noticeable) because of the perfume. There is something about Nebbiolo that loves to grow on blue clay. When you open a bottle of the Bricco Viole, it practically explodes with so much dark cherry fruit aroma. It is like the classic Marengo Barolo, but turned up to 11. The Morello cherry character is so intense it fills the nose. Layering in is this stunning array of red flowers, starting with violets but ranging to whole fields of wild roses. The palate is not sweet, mind you, but perfectly balanced fruit character backed with ultra-fine silky tannins. It’s a gorgeous Queen of a Barolo, regal in every way.
“Speaking from the heart, this is probably my favorite wine from M. Marengo. The 2016 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is a wine that always stands out in my tastings thanks to its very special bouquet. I am reminded of flowers, with hints of rose hip, lavender and, of course, violets, after which this cru site is named. Fruit comes from a one-hectare plot in the comune of Barolo at about 420 meters above sea level (a slightly higher and cooler site). You can almost taste the cool, calcareous soils here thanks to those delicate and fragile aromas. This 2016 vintage offers a bit more power and density, and that floral signature is slightly downplayed in favor of red fruit and wild berries. This vintage offers just a tad more concentration and darkness, with the textural tightness that beckons for many more years of cellar aging. With time, those beautiful fruit flavors will become more relaxed and polished. There’s that hint of crushed white pepper again, which we saw in the classic Barolo. It pops up in this wine like a little sparkle at the very end. Some 6,100 bottles were made.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate