Marrone

Langhe Arneis Tre Fie – 2022

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 Maddona di Como, Alba. Hills are of recent geologic formation.

  • Altitude: 1345 feet/410 meters
  • Exposure: Northeast
  • Soil: Mainly calcareous, with high quartz and sand concentration with very fine lime, alternating layers of compact grey sandstone
  • Vines Planted: 1975 on average
  • Vine Training System: Traditional Guyot
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested the first week of September
  • Softly pressed after 6-8 hours skin contact, under nitrogen cover to prevent oxidation
  • Fermented at 60ºF for 20 days in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Light pressure (0.2 bar) during fermentation to preserve full aromatics
  • Aged sur lies with battonage for 5 months
  • Bottled under nitrogen cover
Winemaker's Notes

Straw yellow color with greenish reflections. The nose reveals beautiful and elegant floral notes embellished with mineral and fruity hints. Citrus and flint aromas open to a fresh, long, balanced taste. It becomes particularly savory on the finish.

Wine Summary

100% Arneis; alcohol: 13.5%; Maddona di Como vineyards at 1345 feet; vines planted 1975 in mainly calcareous soil with high quartz content alternated with sand, fine limestone and gray sandstone; hand harvested 1st week September; soft pressing, 6-8 hours skin contact; fermented at 60ºF for 20 days; aged 5 months sur lies with battonage.

Technical Information
  • 100% Arneis
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 5.96
  • Extract: 18.7 g/l

Reviews

91 Points

This has aromas of bread crust, lemons, sliced pears and chamomile. Waxy and supple in texture, with a medium body and a tasty finish. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, July, 2023

16.5 Points

Tasted alongside an oaked Vermentino from Provence, it was immediately apparent how much more ‘dimensional’ this wine was. Nutty, floral, greengage and hemp hearts and honey. Rounded herby acidity. So much to engage with! 2023 – 2026

JancisRobinson.com, July, 2023

91 Points

The 2022 Arneis “Tre Fie” bottling from the Marrone sisters is excellent on both the nose and palate. The bouquet hops from the glass in a complex constellation of fresh lime, green apple, salty minerality, green olive, wild fennel and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and zesty, with a fine core of fruit, lovely soil signature, good acids and a long, focused and impeccably balanced finish. As I mentioned last year, this wine is made from old vines, as the arneis here was planted in 1975! 2023 – 2035+

View From The Cellar, November, 2023

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