The 2013 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is a delicious expression from a lesser-known vineyard that is declared by only three producers including Marco Marengo. This estate produces 5,500 bottles from one hectare of vines. Like Marco's other Barolo wines, this one is fermented with ambient yeasts and undergoes malolactic fermentation in small oak barrel. The wine is aged in new (only 20%) and neutral oak for two years before release. This expression shows excellent depth and generosity with lively fruit flavors that wrap thickly over the palate. This is a complete and centered expression that makes a loud and positive impact, but ultimately follows through with extreme elegance and grace.
95 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 231 - Jun 2017)
Marco Marengo's 2013 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is precise, aromatically expressive and beautifully delineated. Rose petal, sweet red cherry, mint and white pepper give the 2013 its distinctive, lifted personality. Gracious and light on its feet, the 2013 will drink well with minimal cellaring. In 2013, the Bricco delle Viole is the most complete of these Barolos.
93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2017)
An elegant style, sporting rose, strawberry, cherry and light grassy aromas and flavors. Well-balanced, with a firm supporting structure and fine length. Best from 2021 through 2038. 330 cases made.
93 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct 2017)
Beautiful perfumes of roses, berries and hot stones. Full body, silky tannins and plenty of fruit and spices on the finish — yet this is always understated. Needs three or four years to open. Try in 2021.
93 points, James Suckling (Jul 2017)