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Marinacci Barbaresco 2010

Marinacci Barbaresco 2010 Italy

$76.00

Marinacci Barbaresco 2010 – Elegant and almost Burgundian in nature, this Barbaresco is a pleasure to taste. With layers of rose petal and sweet strawberry on the nose, and softening tannins on the palate, this wine offers the best characteristics of the Nebbiolo grape in one glass.

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Marinacci Barbaresco 2010

Marinacci Barbaresco 2010 – Elegant and almost Burgundian in nature, this Barbaresco is a pleasure to taste. With layers of rose petal and sweet strawberry on the nose, and softening tannins on the palate, this wine offers the best characteristics of the Nebbiolo grape in one glass.

Manuel Marinacci is a relatively new but enthusiastic wine producer. He studied at Alba’s viticulture school and released his first vintage in 2004. He started from nothing in 2002 and doesn’t have family tradition behind him. But this doesn’t stop Manuel from producing 30,000 bottles a year of high-quality wine that is rooted in the traditions of the region.

Barbaresco wine region

The Barbaresco wine region is somewhat in the shadow of Barolo, it’s more famous neighbour. As David Berry Green says, this sometimes produces an inferiority complex and a tendency to beef up the wines in the region.

As a result many of its producers over the past twenty years have sought extra concentration to give their wines a touch of the ‘tar’; to convince the journalists principally that they’re as BIG as the Barolo boys, sporting BIG alcohols, worthy of BIG points, and so BIG prices! Yet so many, hunkered down in their bunkers, are totally missing the point about what is so precious about Barbaresco: its pure accessibility.

Further inland than Barolo, Barbaresco has a warmer climate, causing the Nebbiolo grapes to ripen faster here than in Barolo. The soil is also different, leading to wines a bit lighter in style. The wine law reflects this with different maturation requirement before release. Barbaresco wines need to be aged for at least two years, compared to Barolo which needs three (and often, in practice, much more).

The Barbaresco DOCG wines are top quality, but slightly less expensive than Barolo. They are also earlier drinking. So, if you want to spend less, but still get superb quality, look out for Barbaresco as an alternative to Barolo. It is the same grape.

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Brands

Marinacci

Country

Italy, Langhe, Piedmont

Price

$50 – $100

Varietal

Import Italian Red, Nebbiolo

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