Marrone

Langhe Arneis Tre Fie – 2018

Region: italy - piedmont

Marrone

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

 

Langhe Arneis Tre Fie Arneis Vines planted in 1975 These hills, of recent geological formation, have on the surface a large mainly calcareous soil, with a high presence of quartz sand and very fine lime, alternating with compact layers of gray sandstone. 5.3

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Maddona di Como, Alba
  • Vines planted 1975
  • Training system: Guyot
  • Exposure: Northeast
  • Altitude: 410 meters
  • Recent geological formation hills have mainly calcareous soil on the surface, with high presence of quartz and sand, and very fine lime, alternating with compact layers of gray sandstone
Harvest Notes

Hand harvested the first week of September. Soft pressing with 6-8 hours of skin contact, protected with nitrogen to prevent oxidating aromas. Fermented at 16°C for 20 days in temperature controlled steel tanks, with light over pressure (0.2 bar) to maintain fullness in aromas. Elevage sur lies with batonnage  for 5 months. Bottling under nitrogen coverage.

Winemaker's Notes

“Tre Fie” means three daughters in the Piedmontese dialect. Plump, peachy and a touch of haselnut on the nose. Creamy, full-bodied sweetness with a strong line of fresh liquorice, in a way that reminds me of celeriac and the white crispness of freshly chopped fennel bulb. And yet it’s not herbal. It’s languid with angles, sweet fruit with bitter bones, ripe peach and noyaux. Contradictory, unexpected, delicious. I could see this working as happily with a roast root-veg winter salad in a tarragon dressing as it would with a fish pie or a fresh kohlrabi slaw.

Wine Summary

100% Arneis; Maddona di Como vineyard; average vine age 45 years; altitude 410 meters; Northeast aspect; soils mainly calcareous with high presence of quartz and sand, fine limestone and gray sandstone; alcohol 13.5%; hand harvested first week of September; soft pressing with 6-8 hours skin contact; fermented at 16°C for 20 days in temperature controlled steel tanks with light pressure to maintain fullness of aromas. Elevage sur lies with batonnage for 5 months, bottled under nitrogen.

Technical Information
  • 100% Arneis grapes
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • TA: 5.7 g/L
  • Extract: 20.20 g/L

Reviews

90 Points

Another bright and buoyant expression of the versatile Arneis grape, the Gian Piero Marrone 2018 Langhe Arneis Tre Fie has that glossy and polished nature that I love, with subtle fruit tones that keep the wine beautiful and alive. An attractive mineral note of crushed stone or oyster shell adds sharp edges and delineated contours, setting it up for a mouthwatering shrimp cocktail or some light shellfish appetizer. 2020 – 2022

© Wine Advocate, July, 2020

16.5 Points

Tre Fie means ‘three daughters’ in Piemontese dialect. 100% Arneis made with a few hours of skin contact.

Plump, peachy and a touch of hazelnut on the nose. Creamy, full-bodied sweetness with a strong line of fresh liquorice, in a way that reminds me of celeriac and the white crispness of freshly chopped fennel bulb. And yet it’s not herbal. It’s languid with angles, sweet fruit with bitter bones, ripe peach and noyaux. Contradictory, unexpected, delicious. I could see this working as happily with a roast root-veg winter salad in a tarragon dressing as it would with a fish pie or a fresh kohlrabi slaw.  2019 – 2022

JancisRobinson.com, May, 2019

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