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2015 Maretti Langhe Barbera Nebbiolo DOC

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Winemaker's Notes

Region: Piedmont.

Vineyards: Sourced from younger vineyards within the area of production of the villages of Barbaresco and Barolo given the Langhe Appellation.

Grape Variety: 75% Barbera, 25% Nebbiolo.

Summary: Piedmont, in the foothills of the Alps in the north west of Italy, is home to the country’s finest full-bodied red wines. The greatest wines are made from the extremely long lived Nebbiolo. Barbera, however, is the most widely planted and popular variety, due to its fruit-driven expressiveness and youthful approachability.

Winemaking: Vinified separately with each parcel naturally fermented in stainless steel. The Nebbiolo is immediately separated from skins whilst the Barbera receives a further week maceration. The fruit is matured independently in a mix of small French oak casks and large Slavonion oak for eight months before blending and a further four months ageing in large oak casks.

2015 Vintage: 2015 will generally be regarded as a classic, if warm, vintage throughout much of Europe and Piedmont was no exception. The vineyards began with excellent soil moisture levels and the vines responded well to ideal spring conditions before a very warm, dry summer slowed growth and limited yields. A warm, clear autumn provided excellent ripening but crucially cool nights ensured the retention of naturally acidity.

Tasting Note: Bright brick red in colour with crimson highlights. The nose is expressive and inviting with aromas of fresh red fruits overlaid by notes of dried herbs, forest undergrowth and aniseed. The palate is medium-bodied and well balanced with a by core of cherry and red berried flavours wrapped in spice, alpine herbs and savoury notes. Impressively complex and well structured whilst very approachable. A wonderful companion to food of almost any kind.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2015 Maretti Langhe Barbera Nebbiolo DOC

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Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says
If you’re in an Italian state of mind then we’re pretty much into ‘fill your boots’ territory here. This is the kind of ‘go to’ wine you’re always going to want to have on hand. It’s all licorice root, dark cherry, earthen/ferrous-like spice and coffee grounds, the acidity refreshing and the tannin authentically firm. It’s not earth-shattering but it’s damn good buying and drinking.
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