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2016 Mario Marengo Barolo (750ml)

Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

2016 Mario Marengo Barolo
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. 2016 is classic expression for great Barolo sites like Brunate.

94WA

The M. Marengo 2016 Barolo opens to an almost exotic character with little hints of freshly cracked white pepper, pressed violets, powdered licorice root and touches of clove and cinnamon that are playfully sprinkled throughout as this wine changes and evolves in the glass. The curious thing about this wine is that I am reminded of Nebbiolo, but not only. Those distinctive white pepper notes recall Pelaverga or maybe Freisa (another red grape of the Langhe area that, according to some researchers, could be related to Nebbiolo). This wine puts on quite a beautiful showing, and those savory or spicy notes are cleverly downplayed to give more prominence to the beautifully pure and brilliant fruit on hand. This wine represents a blend of fruit from various sites in La Morra (Serradenari, Boiolo, Fossati and Roncaglie), and together they paint a very authentic portrait of this Barolo village known for delicate, floral and softly graceful expressions of Barolo. Some 16,300 bottles were made.

94+ points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)

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