2008 Barolo, Sarmassa, Vigna Merenda, Scarzello, Piedmont, Italy

2008 Barolo, Sarmassa, Vigna Merenda, Scarzello, Piedmont, Italy

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2008 Barolo, Sarmassa, Vigna Merenda, Scarzello, Piedmont, Italy

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Scarzello Giorgio e Figli

Scarzello Giorgio e Figli

Nestled in the Barolo DOCG zone of Italy's Piedmont region, Scarzello Giorgio e Figli, translating to "Scarzello George and Sons" in English, is a family-run winery with a rich history that spans several generations. Giorgio Scarzello, the founder, laid the foundation for what would become a respected name in Italian winemaking. Over the years, the family has upheld a commitment to producing high-quality wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Langhe region.

The vineyards are situated in some of the most prized locations within Barolo, known for their optimal soil composition and microclimates ideal for cultivating the Nebbiolo grape, the cornerstone of Barolo wines.

One of the distinguishing features of Scarzello Giorgio e Figli is their dedication to traditional winemaking methods. While embracing modern techniques where beneficial, they maintain a deep respect for the time-honoured practices that have defined Barolo winemaking for centuries. This commitment to tradition is evident in every aspect of their winemaking process, from vineyard management to grape selection, fermentation, and ageing.

The wines produced by Scarzello Giorgio e Figli are characterised by their elegance, complexity, and ability to age gracefully. The flagship wine, Barolo, is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, reflecting the nuances of the specific vineyard sites from which the grapes are sourced. In addition to Barolo, the winery also produces other varietals typical of the region, such as Barbera and Dolcetto.

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Barolo

Barolo

Located due south of Alba and the River Tanaro, Barolo is Piedmont's most famous wine DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita), renowned for producing Italy's  finest red wines from 100 percent Nebbiolo

Its red wines were originally sweet, but in 1840 the then extant Italian monarchy, the House of Savoy, ordered them to be altered to a dry style. This project was realised by French oenologist Louis Oudart, whose experience with Pinot Noir had convinced him of Nebbiolo's potential. The Barolo appellation was formalised in 1966 at around 1,700 hectares – only a tenth of the size of Burgundy, but almost three times as big as neighbouring Barbaresco.

Upgraded to DOCG status in 1980, Barolo comprises two distinct soil types: the first is a Tortonian sandy marl that produces a more feminine style of wine and can be found in the villages of Barolo, La Morra, Cherasco, Verduno, Novello, Roddi and parts of Castiglione Falletto. The second is the older Helvetian sandstone clay that bestows the wines with a more muscular style. This can be found in Monforte d'Alba, Serralunga d'Alba, Diano d'Alba, Grinzane Cavour and the other parts of Castiglione Falletto. Made today from the Nebbiolo clones Lampia, Michet and Rosé, Barolo has an exceptional terroir with almost every village perched on its own hill. The climate is continental, with an extended summer and autumn enabling the fickle Nebbiolo to achieve perfect ripeness.

Inspired by the success of modernists such as Elio Altare, there has been pressure in recent years to reduce the ageing requirements for Barolo; this has mostly been driven by new producers to the region, often with no Piedmontese viticultural heritage and armed with their roto-fermenters and barriques, intent on making a fruitier, more modern style of wine.

This modern style arguably appeals more to the important American market and its scribes, but the traditionalists continue to argue in favour of making Barolo in the classic way. They make the wine in a mix of epoxy-lined cement or stainless-steel cuves, followed by extended ageing in 25-hectoliter Slavonian botte (barrels) to gently soften and integrate the tannins. However, even amongst the traditionalists there has been a move, since the mid-1990s, towards using physiologically (rather than polyphenolically) riper fruit, aided by global warming. Both modernist and traditional schools can produce exceptional or disappointing wines.

Recommended traditionalist producers:
Giacomo Borgogno, Giacomo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa, Elio Grasso, Marcarini, Bartolo Mascarello and Giuseppe Mascarello.

Recommended nmdernist producers:
Azelia, Aldo Conterno, Luciano Sandrone, Paolo Scavino and Roberto Voerzio

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Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is the grape behind the Barolo and Barbaresco wines and is hardly ever seen outside the confines of Piedmont. It takes its name from "nebbia" which is Italian for fog, a frequent phenomenon in the region.

A notoriously pernickety grape, it requires sheltered south-facing sites and performs best on the well-drained calcareous marls to the north and south of Alba in the DOCG zones of Barbaresco and Barolo.

Langhe Nebbiolo is effectively the ‘second wine’ of Piedmont’s great Barolo & Barbarescos. This DOC is the only way Langhe producers can declassify their Barolo or Barbaresco fruit or wines to make an early-drinking style. Unlike Nebbiolo d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo can be cut with 15% other red indigenous varieties, such as Barbera or Dolcetto.

Nebbiolo flowers early and ripens late, so a long hang time, producing high levels of sugar, acidity and tannins; the challenge being to harvest the fruit with these three elements ripe and in balance. The best Barolos and Barbarescos are perfumed with aromas of tar, rose, mint, chocolate, liquorice and truffles. They age brilliantly and the very best need ten years to show at their best.

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