M. Marengo Barolo Vecchia Vigna Brunate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Garnet red color. The nose is typical of this type of wine with fruity, black cherry, and spicy notes. Full bodied and supple, with silky tannins and a persistent finish.
International Wine Cellar - "Moderately saturated medium red. Subtle, pure aromas of raspberry, cinnamon, rose petal and truffle. Silky on entry, then shows superb mid-palate lift, with harmonious acidity framing and intensifying the strawberry and spice flavors. Offers superb density without weight. Finishes subtle and very long. These two outstanding Brunate examples from 2007 offer great early appeal but I still find the 2008s to be a bit more urgent and structured."
Wine Spectator - "Menthol, eucalyptus and cherry aromas and flavors highlight this elegant, high-toned red. Lacks generosity for the vintage and is balanced toward the alcohol, but the flavors linger. Best from 2015 through 2028."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Barolo Vecchie Vigne delle Brunate is quite a bit richer and darker than the straight Brunate, but lacks that wine’s sheer appeal. This may be a case where too much of a good thing is, well, too much of a good thing. The finish is rather clipped, and the wine never seems to really come together. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027."
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M. Marengo Winery
"In top vintages Marco Marengo can give some of his more famous neighbors a run for their money. 2004 is without question one of those vintages. Readers looking for a source of first-rate Barolo at affordable prices should consider these new releases, all of which are outstanding."
Marengo is one of the smallest estates in La Morra, but Marco Marengo has no inferiority complex. Marengo is privileged to be among the many more famous names who own vineyards in the “Brunate” cru, an immaculately positioned parcel of land that is considered to be one of the grand crus of the Langhe. The estate makes tiny quantities of modern-style Barolo from old vines in their tiny cellar on La Morra’s main street; in great years, these particularly well-balanced, ample, intense, tannic wines hint at truffles; they are perfectly rich and complete Baroli. 1999 is the third release of the Barolo "Bricco Viole", from a tiny cru in the Barolo township named for the violets that bloom there in springtime; the 1998 was rated 92 pts by the Wine Spectator. Elio Altare once told Marco that Marengo's vineyards were the "finest he had ever seen!" The slopes around Brunate are also particularly noted for superb Dolcetto View all M. Marengo 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.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.