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.
2017 Vintage: 2017 will be seen as an eventful year, above average winter temperatures followed by frosts, then momentous heat and finally a dry summer with little rain. Spring saw frost in April followed by one of the driest summers since 2003. Overall despite some inclement setbacks 2017 seems to be a vintage of excellent quality with lower yields yet offering excellent quality.
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. The perfect pasta or pizza wine.