2015 Mario Marengo Barolo Brunate (750ml)

Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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This is the kind of unbridled juice I cannot get enough of. Unquestionably of the utmost historical importance, the Marengo family's generations of winemaking in Barolo have been handed down – proudly documented – since 1899. That was the first year a Marengo Barolo was bottled in the family cellars in La Morra, and annual production numbers remain virtually unchanged. Now solely managed by Marco Marengo since the passing of his father, this estate is most accurately described as the finest garagiste in Piedmonte; low yields, from pristine, small holdings, never quite enough wine to satisfy the overwhelming demand from a global clientele. A manic attention to detail runs through every bottling which bears Marco's signature, including and especially into his personally prized bottling of Bricco delle Viole. Vintage in, vintage out, this bottling is sought out by Barolo enthusiasts who know the Marengo style and who doubly appreciate the insane level of value this particular Cru can offer. Brunate, with its muscular and dense concentration balances on a fine line of precision unequalled in Barolo. Mario Marengo has just over 3 acres and makes 5,000 bottles per vintage. Let's say that Marengo is intimate with Brunate. Marco Marengo has dedicated himself to fulfilling the potential of his Brunate plot since his father Mario's passing a decade back. 2015 is classic expression for great Barolo sites like Brunate.


The 2015 Barolo Brunate is decidedly not a shy wine. It opens to dark color saturation and varietal aromas that are dark and thick in character. That characteristic power and determination of the Brunate cru is played forward with perfect pitch. This wine shows compact and firm structure, like tight bricks layered one on top of the other, to form the density and richness that makes such a lasting impact on the palate. Some 3,700 bottles were created.

95+ points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

An impressive nose, for the bright red cherries on offer, as well as an entrancing array of dried flowers, herbs and spices. The palate arrives in succulent and fresh form with a luscious and impressive thread of fresh and juicy tannins. Impressive freshness and energy at the finish. Drink or hold.

94 points, James Suckling (Jun 2019)

The 2015 Barolo Brunate is another enticing wine in this range. Black cherry, spice, leather and licorice all flesh out in the glass. The breadth and textural resonance that are such signatures of Brunate emerge effortlessly. I would give the 2015 a few years in bottle to come together. Even in the early going, the 2015 exudes class. The Brunate is the darkest and most powerful wine in this range.

93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%

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