Marchesi Di Barolo - Barolo Sarmassa 2005 Ml. 750
At least 24 months
Marchesi di Barolo historical cellars are located in the town of Barolo, in the building overlooking the Castle of the Marquis Falletti. It is here that more than 200 years ago a beautiful story began.
The story of a wine cellar where, in the heart of the Langhe area and protected by gentle hills, a wine was born. This wine, as the French tradition suggests, was called Barolo like the town where it was produced for the first time. No one at that time could imagine that it was destined one day to be king: the King of Wines, the Wine of the Kings.
Anna and Ernesto Abbona the 5th generation firmly believe in the original and distinguished wines produced in this region, characterized by a number of highly prestigious native vines and a unique soil composition, with amalgams of clay, limestone marl, blueish marl, tuff, sandstone and sand.
In addition to the diversity of the soil, the Langhe are characterized by a rather particular micro-climate, more temperate than the neighbouring areas: the Alps protect against the cold north-western winds while the southern side is protected by the Apennines. Temperature range is essential during harvest in order for the grapes to become intensely fragrant: the sudden change in temperature between day and night causes crystallization on the skins of the grapes, resulting in extraordinary scents and fragrances after vinification. The greatest merit, however, goes to the people who were able to deeply understand what nature has spontaneously offered.
Through its great, historical human experience, Marchesi di Barolo has been and still is a faithful exponent of the diversity of the land and its native vines, while rigorously respecting and preserving the typicality of its products. All this is achieved by using grapes that come from estate vineyards and from contributing vintners selected over the years, favouring optimum position and the ability to maintain individual vineyards. Marchesi di Barolo controls approximately 120 hectares of vineyards and produces wines from the major indigenous varieties of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato. In order to better define and enhance their different characteristics, the most prestigious historical crus are made from a single variety, and individually aged and bottled.
The village that gave its name to the King of Wines is located in Piedmont, in the heart of the Langhe hills: seabed emerged from the sea in different eras which have donated to our hills irregular shapes and profiles, with an original and exclusive composition of the soil.
The name of Langhe derives from Celtic language and means Strips of Land
Two sub-areas essentially characterize the area of production of Barolo: one on the East side, which dates back to the Helvetian era (about 14/16 million years ago), and the other on the West side, a bit younger, which dates back to the Tortorian era (about 7/11 million years ago).
Barolo raises in the middle of these two sub-areas. Its name means low-rise place because, even though it is on the top of the hill overlooking the valley towards Alba, it is surrounded by highest hills that protect it from weather fronts and an extreme flow of air.
Barolo and the Langhe in general are located in a very special area: protected by the Alps to the North, West and South and characterized by an environment with great biodiversity.
The climate, therefore, is exceptionally favorable for viticulture: thanks to the continental cool-temperature and the well-defined seasons, grapes can bring out particularly fine and intense aromas.
PRODUCTION ZONE SARMASSA
The southeast-facing Sarmassa vineyard is located on a hill with good slope. Despite the fact that the area is of Tortonian origin, there has been a significant amount of soil erosion, probably due to the steep slope of the hill. The soil is composed mainly of clay and limestone and has a very substantial percentage of stones. The high percentage of stones, combined with clay, limit the growth of Nebbiolo grape and allow the vines to react quickly to climactic variations, enabling clusters to achieve a perfect ripening.
|Manufacturer||Marchesi di Barolo|
|Ageing and Fining||A part of this wine is matured in Slavonian oak casks of 30, 35 and 100 hectoliters for two years. The remanent part is aged in small, moderately "toasted" French oak barrels of 225 and 450 liters for 12 months and it is assembled to the other part prior to be bottled.|
|Ageing||At least 24 months|
|Color||Deep garnet red.|
|Aroma||Intense aroma with clean scents of wild rose, vanilla, licorice and spices. Feather the resin of pine and tobacco.|
|Aroma||Vegetal, Floral, Fruity, Spicy, Burnt|
|Taste||Taste is full and elegant, full bodied, with tannins in evidence. Enjoyable are the spicy and woody notes that blend perfectly.|
|Serving temperature||16°-18° C.|
|Blend description||Nebbiolo 100%|
|Matching||Agnolotti (stuffed meat and rice pasta, typical from Piedmont Region), Pasta made with egg, Tajarin (long pasta typical from Piedmont region), Pasta with sauce, Roast, Braised meat, T-bone steak (Florentine steak), Red meat, Roasted red meat, Red meat stew, Grilled meat, Kill, Game, Dishes with truffle, Cheese fondue, Cured cheeses, Meditation wines / Dessert wines|
|Ideal with||Pasta Meat, Meat Red, Cured cheeses, Dessert|