2022 Langhe Nebbiolo, Lasarin, Marcarini, Piedmont, Italy

2022 Langhe Nebbiolo, Lasarin, Marcarini, Piedmont, Italy

Product: 20221101069
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2022 Langhe Nebbiolo, Lasarin, Marcarini, Piedmont, Italy

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Description

Marcarini’s Langhe Nebbiolo is again comprised of two plots, from the junior vines of Brunate, in La Serra, and the sandy soils of Neviglie in Roero. In a vintage as dry as 2022, the moisture-retaining, clay-rich soils of Brunate were of paramount importance in protecting the bright freshness and elegance in the wine. Fermentation temperatures are kept low at 25 degrees, with vinification purely in stainless steel, leading to an invigoratingly pure and primary, true Nebbiolo. Full of fresh, crushed cranberry and pomegranate, alongside black tea and gentle spicy tones. This is a wine of real substance for its stature.

Drink 2024 – 2030

Charlie Leech, Assistant Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd

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James Suckling91/100

Notes of cranberries and strawberries with citrusy freshness and crushed stone minerality. Medium-bodied, dry and chalky on the palate with vivid red berry character and a textural finish. Drink now.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (August 2023)

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About this WINE

Marcarini

Marcarini

Few views in Barolo can compete with the one from Marcarini’s terrace in La Morra. Encompassing most of the region’s communes and vineyards, one only has to look south-east to see Barolo’s modest size, cradled in the Italian Alps. It is fitting that Marcarini occupies this prime location; the winery is built underneath La Morra’s medieval watchtower, a signpost to the Marchetti family cantina that’s visible across the region.

Over time, Podere Marcarini has become one of the region’s leading names and in many ways represents both its traditions and future. Owner Manuel Marchetti implements long fermentations, macerations, and ageing in large ancient botti. Marcarini’s wines remains traditional, but we’re finding a new zip and lift of energy for this historic cantina. Manuel’s children Elisa and Andrea now play an active role, focusing on the health of the vineyards, viticultural processes, and improvements in the cellar.

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Langhe

Langhe

Langhe is an all-encompassing zone lying due south of Alba and the River Tanaro in the province of Cuneo. Barolo and Barbaresco both lie within its boundaries.

Langhe is also the name of a regional DOC zone, which is used to classify wines made outside of the traditional Piemontese varietal scheme (Nebbiollo, Barbera, Cortese etc). Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines from the region are, for example, classified as Langhe DOC.


Langhe Nebbiolo
Effectively the ‘second wine’ of Piedmont’s great Barolo and Barbarescos, the Langhe Nebbiolo DOC is the only way Langhe producers can declassify their Barolo or Barbaresco fruit or wines to make an early-drinking style.

Langhe Nebbiolo can be released onto the market as soon as practicably possible either as a fresh, fruity wine made solely in stainless-steel, or later on having been aged in oak. The Langhe Nebbiolo DOC was created in 1994 along with a plethora of other Langhe DOC wines (so diluting their significance).

Unlike Nebbiolo d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo can be cut with 15 percent other red indigenous varieties, such as Barbera or Dolcetto. Leading, quality producers of Barolo and Barbaresco are more inclined to use 100 percent Nebbiolo, recognising its role as a stepping stone, using the fruit from vines that are either too young or poorly situated.

Larger producers tend to use the Langhe Nebbiolo DOC as a valve, declassifying wines destined for Barolo or Barbaresco when the market is difficult. Confusingly Langhe Nebbiolo can also be the declassified wine of Nebbiolo d’Alba.

Recommended producers: Giovanni Rosso di Davide Rosso Mario Fontana Ferdinando Principiano

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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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