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Date Printed: 5/22/2015
Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2004
Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2004
(search item no. 86842)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 5/22/2015: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 65 on the 100 of 2007!

One of the great names in Piedmontese winemaking, Cantine dei Marchesi di Barolo dates back as far as the 12th century, when the land-owning Falletti family of Piedmont's Barolo district was granted titles of nobility. Today the estate owns about 100 acres of vineyard in the Langhe, including some of the finest vineyards in the district. The Marchesi di Barolo cellars have been owned since 1929 by the Abbona family, who make their home in the large, yellow-fronted villa overlooking the terra cotta rooftops of the picturesque village of Barolo. Like their Falletti predecessors the Abbonas are committed to conserving the estate's time-honored reputation.

Production Area
From select vineyards in the heart of Piedmont's Langhe district

Grape Varieties
100% Barbera

Grapes are handpicked, de-stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation takes place in thermo-conditioned vats at a controlled temperature of 85ºF. Maceration lasts about 7-8 days 70% of the wine is aged for about one year in Slavonian oak barrels, while the remaining 30% is aged in American oak, to enhance suppleness, balance and the wine's bouquet of pronounced finesse

Deep ruby red

Charming, with hints of woodland berries and appealing vanilla overtones

Lively, Full-bodied and well-rounded

Serving Suggestions
This wine makes a delightful accompaniment to roast and most red meats. Serve at a moderate room temperature

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About Marchesi di Barolo:

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.