Marchesi Di Barolo Barbaresco Tradizione Nebbiolo 2015 - Piedmont, Italy
94/100 Raffaele Vecchione
93/100 James Suckling
92/100 Wine Enthusiast
92/100 Wine Advocate
91/100 Wine Spectator (2017 Vintage)
Gold Medal, 2020 World Wine Awards
Raffaele Vecchione “Ripe and solid on the nose: it dispenses notes of ripe cherries, black cherries and raspberries. I like the delicacy thanks to the hints of rose petals and lavender. Medium body, ripe and perfectly polymerized tannins and a broad and enveloping finish. How wonderful! Best from 2021 to 2030 and beyond.”
Wine Advocate “This is a classic expression of Nebbiolo that will appeal to people who want the complexity and depth of aged Nebbiolo without too much extra hassle or intellectual effort. It is a subdued wine with direct, clean lines followed by pretty tones of wild berry, dried cherry, licorice and balsam herb. I noticed an evident menthol-like signature in most of these new releases from Marchesi di Barolo, and you immediately sense it here too.”
Wine Spectator "A sleek, racy style, this red boasts raspberry, boysenberry, graphite and spice flavors. Balanced and focused, with lingering echoes of fruit, mineral and spice. Drink now through 2024. 10,000 cases made, 7,800 cases imported. —BS" (2017 Vintage)
Marchesi di Barolo is an Italian wine estate in Piedmont, particularly known for its single-vineyard and riserva wines from the Nebbiolo grape - Barolo forms the heart of the range. The estate was established in the early 1800s, when the Marquis of Barolo married the French noblewoman Juliette Colbert. She provided the impetus to the development of the estate that bore her husband's name. Five generations of the Abbona family have now owned and managed the winery.
Barolo is a traditional hillside village in the rolling hills of Piedmont, northwestern Italy. The vineyards and wineries there have long been famous for producing some of Italy's very finest red wines – predominantly from the region's signature grape variety, Nebbiolo.
Barbaresco is a red wine produced in northwest Italy’s Piedmont region. Made from 100% Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, like its Barolo counterpart, is a highly tannic and acidic wine that needs years of cellaring to reach harmony. Prior to being released in the market, DOCG regulations require that the wines are aged for a minimum of 26 months, with at least 9 months spent in wood barrels; for the riserva bottlings, there is a mandated period of 50 months aging, with at least 9 months spent in wood barrels. Although Barbaresco and Barolo have much in common, traditionally Barbaresco tends to express a more feminine side, while Barolo is characterized as masculine and stately—but certainly exceptions exist. Expressive aromatically, scents of dried cherry, raspberry, licorice and rose petals are typical of the wine.
Nebbiolo is the grape variety behind the top-quality red wines of Piedmont, northwestern Italy, the most notable of which are Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo wines are distinguished by their strong tannins, high acidity and distinctive scent – often described as "tar and roses". They also tend to lose color. Within just a few years of vintage, most Nebbiolo wines begin fading from deep, violet-tinged ruby to a beautiful brick orange.