Barolo – 2015

Region: italy - piedmont


Over a century of winemaking: four generations of passion, tenacity, investments and hard work. A story of tradition with a watchful eye on the future. The origins of Agricola Marrone date back to before 1887. A family that cultivated local grape varietals and showed ambition from an early phase.

When Pietro Marrone was born in 1887, his father Edoardo was already producing wines. From the time he was young he was very passionate and ambitious. In 1910, at 23 years old, he asked his father to grow some vineyards. In the early 1920s/30s the winery progressed and started cultivating vineyards using techniques that were revolutionary at the time: reducing production yields to prioritize higher quality and avoiding sowing wheat between vine rows, a standard practice at the time. An early adoption of what became modern cultivation practices. The family grapes became the most beautiful of the village, so slowly all the vineyards converted to that modern production system.

Grapes / Soils

Barolo DOCG Nebbiolo Vines planted in 1985 La Morra, Tortonian soil: more compact calcerous marl soil mixed with sand, rich in magnesium and manganese resulting in more perfumed, gentle, softer wines; Castiglione Falletto, Helvetian soil: looser calcerous marl, with sandstone, limestone and high levels of iron which converts into a richer colour, bolder wines, structure and a stronger tannin, more power than the west side. 5.24

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Castiglione Falletto and La Morra vineyards
  • Vines planted: 1985
  • Training systems: Guyot
  • Vineyards composition: Castiglione Falletto: 350 meters altitude, Southwest facing, looser calcareous marls with a high percentage of sandstone.  La Morra: 300 meters altitude, South facing, more compact calcareous marl soil mixed with sand, rich in magnesium and manganese.
Harvest Notes

Hard harvested in first week of October 2015. Selection in the vineyard and selection during light crushing to remove the berries that are not perfectly healthy and ripe. Fermentation at 28° C for 30 days. Malolactic fermentation in large barrels of 30 Hl (50%) and barrique (50%). Ageing in oak for 24 months with batonnage on fine lees for the first 8 months. Bottling under nitrogen coverage and storage in a controlled temperature environment.

Winemaker's Notes

Rich, dense and powerful. Lovely texture and juiciness with elegant notes of rose petals and cranberry. Persistent finish.

Wine Summary

100% Nebbiolo; Castiglione Falletto and La Morra vineyards; average vine age: 35 years; altitudes 350 and 300 meters; Southwest and South aspect; calcareous marl soils with high percentage of sand and sandstone; alcohol: 14.5%; hand harvested first week October; fermented at 30°C on skins 30 days in 50% – 30Hl and 50% barriques. Aged on lees for 8 months; in wood for 24 months. Bottled under nitrogen coverage and storage in controlled temperature environment.

Technical Information
  • 100% Nebbiolo grapes, “Lampia” and “Michet”
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • TA: 5.32 g/L
  • Extract: 30.2 g/L


89 Points

The Gian Piero Marrone 2015 Barolo offers an interesting and somewhat unexpected bouquet with a very distinct aroma of wild rose or dried violet that is immediately followed by savory spice, tar and licorice. The wine makes a quick pivot from its fruity side to its spicy side, and only a few slim degrees of separation exists between the two. That quick slip adds to the accelerated pace of the wine that hits all the senses at once, but it doesn’t linger too long. 2021 – 2033

© Wine Advocate, July, 2020

General Info

Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation(s) Barolo DOCG; Langhe DOC
Proprietors Gian Piero Marrone
Founded 1887
Winemaker Valentina Marrone
Annual Production 4600 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Organic