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.

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