Maretti Langhe Rosso (12pk)
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Vineyards: Sourced from younger vineyards within the area of production of the villages of Barbaresco and Barolo given the Langhe Appellation.
Elevation: 300m to 400m
Grape Variety: 75% Barbera 25% Nebbiolo
Winemaker: Danilo Droco
Pack Size: 12 Bottle Pack
Summary: Piedmont, in the foothills of the Alps in the north west of Italy, is home to the country’s finest full-bodied red wines. The greatest wines are made from the extremely long lived Nebbiolo. Barbera however is the most widely planted and popular variety, due to its fruit-driven expressiveness and youthful approachability.
Winemaking: Vinified separately with each parcel naturally fermented in stainless steel. The Nebbiolo is immediately separated from skins whilst the Barbera receives a further week maceration. The fruit is matured independently in a mix of small French oak casks and large Slavonion oak for eight months before blending and a further four months ageing in large oak casks.
2016 Vintage: 2016 was a very fine follow-on from the exceptional 2015 vintage. The conditions for nearly all red varieties were very good enabling a generally larger harvest for the majority of growers. Plentiful rain in early spring suddenly became a very warm, dry growing season. Almost perfect weather. The resultant fruit displayed a fleshy ripeness but with possibly a fresher, more bracing natural acidity than the prior year. A firmer, grippy tannin profile is also a 2016 vintage hallmark.
Tasting Note: Fragrant, lifted fruits of the forest overlaid by notes of dried herbs, some leather and aniseed. This is a medium weight wine, very well balanced with plush fruit character, sandy tannins and a lovely fresh clip of acidity delivering excellent Italian drinkability. This is a very approachable wine that will match brilliantly with food as well being great on its own.