Marrone

Barolo – 2019

Region: italy - piedmont

Marrone

The origins of Agricola Marrone date back over a century and through four generations. The family is focused on cultivating local grape varietals with a passionate dedication to the land.

When Pietro Marrone was born in 1887, his father Edoardo was already producing wines.  In 1910, at 23 years old, he asked his father to plant some vineyards. In the early 1920s/30s the winery began 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. This decision was an early adoption of what eventually became known as modern cultivation practices widely used in the region today.

In 1978 ‘Gianpi’ took over full management of Marrone and began a phase of expansion in the vineyards and the cellar space. His wife Giovanna, affectionately known as “Mamma Gio,” orchestrates private hospitality and is the kitchen director. For Giovanna, food is “tradition and Italian values that go hand with our wines.”

Since 2011 the winery has been run by “Tre Fie,” the three daughters of Gian Piero and Giovanna Marrone. Valentina is the winemaker, Serena runs marketing and business operations, and Denise is the hospitality heart and manager of the visitor programs and restaurant. The farm is run with minimal intervention in the vineyard, a philosophy that carries through from harvest to winemaking. The Marrone family pays careful attention to produce wines that are elegantly structured with the potential to evolve for decades.

produce wines that are elegantly structured with the potential to evolve for decades.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Vineyards in Castiglione Falletto & La Morra, Barolo DOCG.

  • Castiglione Falletto – high iron content, which converts into a richer colour, bolder wines, structure and a stronger tannin, more power than the west side
    • Altitude: 1150/350 meters
    • Exposure: Southwest
    • Soil: Looser calcareous marl with high sandstone content, rich in iron
  • La Morra – Tortonian soil, creating more perfumed, gentle, softer wines
    • Altitude: 885 feet/270 meters
    • Exposure: South
    • Soil: Compact calcareous marl mixed with sand, rich in magnesium and manganese
  • Vines Planted: average 1985
  • Vine Training Systems: Traditional Guyot
Harvest Notes
  • Prolonged winter led to later budbreak and flowering
  • Rain and lower March temperatures but overall good Spring rains
  • Faster response to vineyard conditions and manual interventions where needed
  • Overall typical vintage
  • Hand harvested in October in traditional fog – traditional
  • Berry selection in vineyard and at cellar
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 28 days at 86ºF
  • Malolactic fermentation in 50% large 50HL barrels and 50% barriques
  • Aged 24 months in oak, battonage on fine lees the 1st 8 months
  • Bottled under nitrogen cover
Winemaker's Notes

The color reminds the elegant transparency of the Nebbiolo grape. The nose initially perceives references to ripe cherries, raspberries and plums, with tertiary references of licorice and spices to complete the picture. The taste is stratified and deep, energetic in the tannic texture and with long persistence. Ideal with red meats and game.

Wine Summary

100% Nebbiolo, “Lancia” & “Michet” biotypes; alcohol: 14.5%; vineyards in Castiglione Falletto & La Morra; altitudes 1150 & 885 feet; calcareous marl soils mixed with sand, limestone and sandstone, rich in iron and minerals; hand harvested in October with 2 passes of berry selections; fermented 30 days at 86ºF in stainless steel tanks; malolactic fermentation in 50% – 50Hl barrels and 50% in oak barriques; aged 24 months in oak, initial 8 months on fine lees with battonage; bottled under nitrogen cover.

Technical Information
  • 100% Nebbiolo, “Lampia” and Michet” biotypes
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Total Acidity: 5.67 g/l
  • Extract: 28.5 g/l

Reviews

93 Points

CELLAR SELECTION

The Marrone family are fourth-generation farmers and today are making the best wine they have ever made. Their 2019 Barolo shows their dedication to their craft and legacy. Opening aromas of dark cherry, showing both dried and preserved, followed by an elegant earthy note of roasted mushrooms, savory herbs and spice. The wine shines in the glass with ample fruit, but the savory flavors and balanced tannins steal the show. Good now but some extra years in the bottle will bring smiles to those who can wait. Drink now–2045

Wine Enthusiast, April, 2024

17 Points

Full bottle 1,307 g. La Morra.
Very pale and already quite garnet. Aromas of spiced orange peel and dried strawberries fill the glass. Surprisingly delicate tannins for a Barolo. Gently tangy flavours of bresaola, hawthorn berry, black pepper, dried red-pepper flakes and dried oregano. Vibrant and racy and silky. 2023 – 2035

JancisRobinson.com, July, 2023

91 Points

This has a red-fruited character with notes of walnuts, nutmeg and bark. Full-bodied, dry and chewy with tight-grained tannins and spiced, leathery undertones at the end. Drink or hold.

jamessuckling.com, October, 2023

90 Points

The Marrone 2019 Barolo opens to a medium-lean appearance withan especially savory bouquet. There is a foundational lining of dried currant and tart berry, but the bouquet is readily expressive of dried earth, tar and even a hint of chemical kerosene. A clear note of crushed white pepper is a final signature on this wine. This is a release of exactly 14,458 bottles. 2024 – 2035

© Wine Advocate, April, 2024

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