Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2012
Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
The color is a lively and brilliant dark ruby-red. The perfume is fresh and intense with clean scents of wild berries, currants and sour black cherry. A light hint of vanilla and toasted oak. The flavor is warm and robust, full-bodied, pleasant and balanced. This Barbera's sensory attributes make it an outstanding accompaniment for imposing first courses and main-course, meats boiled or roasted.
Wine Spectator - "An aromatic red, sporting black currant and violet aromas and flavors, accented by black pepper and clove. This is firmly structured, with a long, saturated finish."
Marchesi di Barolo Winery
Setting precedents is a characteristic of Piedmontese winemaking and Marchesi di Barolo, one of the region's premier producers of Barolo, is no exception. In the mid-1800s, Marchesi di Barolo became the first estate in Italy to vinify its red wines in a dry style, a revolutionary concept at the time, but one with enduring and immensely beneficial consequences for the entire Italian wine industry.
In contrast to its noble French counterparts, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, which flourish in various corners of the world, Nebbiolo rarely thrives outside its native Piedmontese habitat. While relatively resistant to frost, damp and mist, it is highly sensitive to terrain, faring best in the Langhe district's chalky, marly soil of maritime origin.
Producing majestic red wines of phenomenal depth, complexity and longevity, Nebbiolo is the earliest red grape variety in Piedmont to bud and the last to ripen. Its name derives from the early morning mists, or "nebbia," that shroud the lower slopes of the Langhe hillsides during the fall harvest period.
The Marchesi di Barolo estate takes pride in the international reputation it has established for its fine Barolo DOCG and two superb single-vineyard crus, Barolo Cannubi DOCG and Barolo Sarmassa DOCG, all made from 100% estate-grown Nebbiolo grapes. View all Marchesi di Barolo Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review43.8 out of 5 stars
9 ratings, 5 with reviewsGregorio Torchia - New Kensington, PA57/24/2016Anonymous - Fort Lee, NJ52/23/2016CabFrancLover - Millbrook, AL29/23/2015This wine was thin to me - some body but nothing memorable.marianogarcia - Keller, TX47/14/2015
Very good quality for the price!Brittany Dust - San Francisco, CA310/22/2014Marc Evans - Keller, TX38/19/2014
- Smooth & Supple
This wine was a mixed experience, I ordered 6 bottles 4 were smooth and fruity and 2 were not. I would still order this wine again.Alan Boehmer - Los Osos, CA37/16/2014
- Fruity & Smooth
Unmistakable Barbera style with high acid and low tannin. Pairs well with acidic foods, particularly tomato-based pasta sauces. Not a particularly distinguished example of Italian Barbera, but decent and affordable. I think the WS88 rating is about right.Grilliant Ideas - Vista, CA32/15/2014
- Light & Crisp
It is a light less robust wine vs shiraz with hints of fennel and licorice taste. Pepper finish. A pleasant wine but not much fruit flavor such as blackberry or blueberry normally found in Barbera wine.ccapano - Lafayette, CO41/29/2014
- Earth & Spicy