M. Marengo Barolo Brunate 2016



Maybe the best way to think of Brunate Barolo is that it plays the King to Bricco al Viole’s Queen.  Here the soil is Rocche – full of rocks – and exists in a much more granitic geological epoch.  The result is a Barolo of power and structure.  Whereas Bricco Viole has intense perfume, here the sensuality is on the palate – a finely woven web of Barolo’s structural elements creates a mouth-filling, savory richness of flavors that is gorgeous to experience.  Even after you swallow, the wine goes on and on into a minutes-long finish.  For years Brunate has been the wine that exemplifies the traditional saying that Barolo is “the wine of Kings and the King of wines.”

“97 points.

“The 2016 Barolo Brunate is the most Nebbiologgiante of these new releases from Marco Marengo. As you would expect of a wine from the Brunate cru, the wine opens to a dark, sultry and beautifully saturated color with red brick or crimson highlights. The bouquet follows the Nebbiolo playlist faithfully with bright aromas of dried cherry, dark fruits, plums, moist earth, licorice and savory tobacco. Whereas Marengo’s other two Barolo releases (the Barolo classico and the Bricco delle Viole) offer a stronger floral signature with hints of white pepper, this Barolo from a one-hectare plot (with limestone calcareous soils at 350 meters above sea level) is focused on dark fruit, spice and leather. It also shows a significant tannic structure and dense fiber that arguably makes this a more important or full-bodied alternative. In short, there is considerably more power and strength in this beautiful wine, and it should hold in your cellar for 20 years or more. Only 5,000 bottles were made.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate