Marrone

Langhe Nebbiolo DOC – 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

Estate vineyards in Madonna di Como, Alba, Langhe DOC.

  • Altitude: 1300 feet/400 meters
  • Exposure: Southeast
  • Hills of recent geologic formation
  • Soil: Calcareous with quartz and fine limestone, alternated by compact layers of gray sandstone
  • Vines Planted: average 1995
  • Vine Training System: traditional Guyot
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested in early October
  • Crushed and destemmed, maceration with skins for 12-14 days at 80ºF/26ºC in stainless steel tanks
  • Malolactic fermentation in stainless
  • Bottled and aged in bottle at least 6 months before release
Winemaker's Notes

A young, fragrant wine with an elegantly transparent color, very typical of the Langhe. On the nose, hints of rose petal and violet, red fruits particularly morello cherry and hints of undergrowth. The palate reveals fine tannins and a lovely, persistent finish.

Wine Summary

100% Nebbiolo; alcohol: 14%; estate Maddona di Como vineyards; vines planted 1995 at 1300 feet; Southeast exposure; soils clay with quartz and fine limestone with alternating sandstone layers; hand harvested first week of October; pressing and fermentation in stainless steel for 12 -14 days at 80ºF; malolactic fermentation in stainless; bottled and aged at least 6 months before release.

Technical Information
  • 100% Nebbiolo
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Total Acidity: 4.92 g/l
  • Extract: 25 g/l

Reviews

91 Points

Expressive nose full of red berries, Mediterranean herbs, wet stones and a touch of potpourri. Textured and fine-grained on the palate, with a medium to full body and an elegant finish. Shows early appeal. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, May, 2024

17 Points

Full bottle 1,294 g. Vinified and aged in stainless-steel tanks.
Light, bright ruby in colour and light, bright ruby in flavour. Like a mouthful of fresh pomegranate arils, carved straight out of the shell. Delicately pithy, delicate threads of tarragon and sweet fennel, delicate tannins running long like transparent gossamer guy ropes holding jewelled fruit to fresh leaves. Luminous. This may not be oaked or powerful or impressive, but it is one of the purest, most soaring expressions of Nebbiolo I’ve tasted. 2024 – 2030

JancisRobinson.com, 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