A beguiling sweet fruit nose but less floral and expressive initially than the Bricco Viole, less perfumed but considerably more guile, complexity and intensity, this shows mineral, dark berry, cherry and sweet Asian spice character. As creamy and fine-tuned as this is, there is plenty of muscle here; a very serious and well-constructed Barolo for laying down.
Mario Marengo is a young producer who has benefited from the wise counsel of Elio Altare. His wines are among the most stylish and characterful in Piedmont, from Dolcetto through to the fantastic Barolo, Le Brunate they display the elegance that defines great La Morra wines. The Brunate, for which Marco is very swiftly gaining a great reputation, is the jewel in his crown. It is one of the great cru in Barolo and the quintessential La Morra style Barolo with its ethereal perfume and fi nesse. Marco owns two parcels of vines ranging from 15 to 70 years old. After fermentation the wine stays in contact with the skins for up to a week before ageing in his miniscule cellars in Burgundian barriques.