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Adriano Marco e Vittorio Basarin Barbaresco 2014

Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
  • WS94
0% ABV
  • WE90
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0% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep garnet red, with traces of orange that become more evident over the years. On the nose, this wine has a fresh fruit fragrance in the first months which evolves to spices with vanilla scent, violet and wild rose with age. Dry flavor of gentle robustness which reveals consistency and extraordinary aristocracy.

A great match for red meat dishes, wild game and seasoned cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

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Wine Spectator
Elegant, leading off with perfumed aromas of rose, cherry, strawberry and white pepper. The profile is sleek, with a solid base of acidity and tannins. Shows terrific length, evoking fruit and mineral on the aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2033.
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Adriano Marco e Vittorio

Adriano Marco e Vittorio

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Adriano Marco e Vittorio, Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
In the heart of the Langhe, in the San Rocco Seno d'Elvio area, the Adriano Marco and Vittorio farm produces wines that mirror the land. The company has been family owned for generations and makes wine using only the grapes grown on their property.

The family wine making tradition dates back to the early 1900s, when the grandfather, Giuseppe, a sharecropper, began cultivating vines. The tradition continued with his son Aldo. They acquired a small company, and together they began planting new vines.

In turn, his grandchildren, Marco and Vittorio, cultivated a love for their land and its fruits, expanding the company, making and bottling wine from their own grapes.

Barbaresco

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A wine that most perfectly conveys the spirit and essence of its place, Barbaresco is true reflection of terroir. Its star grape, like that in the neighboring Barolo region, is Nebbiolo. Four townships within the Barbaresco zone can produce Barbaresco: the actual village of Barbaresco, as well as Neive, Treiso and San Rocco Seno d'Elvio.

Broadly speaking there are more similarities in the soils of Barbaresco and Barolo than there are differences. Barbaresco’s soils are approximately of the same two major soil types as Barolo: blue-grey marl of the Tortonion epoch, producing more fragile and aromatic characteristics, and Helvetian white yellow marl, which produces wines with more structure and tannins.

Nebbiolo ripens earlier in Barbaresco than in Barolo, primarily due to the vineyards’ proximity to the Tanaro River and lower elevations. While the wines here are still powerful, Barbaresco expresses a more feminine side of Nebbiolo, often with softer tannins, delicate fruit and an elegant perfume. Typical in a well-made Barbaresco are expressions of rose petal, cherry, strawberry, violets, smoke and spice. These wines need a few years before they reach their peak, the best of which need over a decade or longer. Bottle aging adds more savory characteristics, such as earth, iron and dried fruit.

Nebbiolo

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Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area as well as in neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it is at its best in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo is a finicky grape, and needs a very particular soil type in order to thrive. Outside of Italy, it often fails to show the captivating aromas for which it is so beloved, but some success has been achieved in parts of California.

In the Glass

Nebbiolo is an elegant variety with mouthwatering acidity and a compelling perfume of rose petals, violets, fresh tar, licorice, clay, and dried cherries. Light in color and body, Nebbiolo is a more powerful wine than one might expect, and its firm tannins typically need time to mellow. With age, it develops a velvety texture and a stunningly complex bouquet.

Perfect Pairings

Nebbiolo’s love affair with food starts in Piedmont, which is home to the Slow Food movement and some of Italy’s best produce. The region is famous for its white truffles and wild boar ragu, both of which make for excellent pairings with Nebbiolo.

Sommelier Secret

If you can’t afford to drink Barolo and Barbaresco every night, try the more wallet-friendly, earlier-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba. Also search out the fine offerings of the nearby Roero region. North of the Langhe and Roero, find earthy and rustic versions of the variety (known here as “Spanna”) in Ghemme and Gattinara.

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