Marcarini 'Brunate' Barolo DOCG 2005
100% Nebbiolo. The Brunate cru, in the communes of La Morra and Barolo, is one of the most famous in the Barolo region and expresses the elegance of La Morra to perfection. This austere, majestic wine is from a single-vineyard. In fact, Marcarini's Brunate was the very first in the area to specify its vineyard name on the actual labels, as early as 1958.
Vines (planted in 1980/1986) are Guyot-trained at a density of 4,000 per hectare (approximately 1,600 per acre), an altitude of around 300 meters above sea level, and south/southwestern exposure. Terrain is calcareous, clayey, characterized by a high concentration of magnesium, and now covers 4.5 hectares (approximately 11 acres). The grapes are severely selected (the wine's ideal balance of acidity and tannins is a precise indication of perfectly ripened fruit), then fermented at a temperature of 28-30° Celsius. Maceration on the skins lasts 3 to 4 weeks, and the wine is aged for at least two years in medium-sized oak barrels (between 2,000 and 4,000 liters in capacity). It is successively bottled (in the classic bottle format of the Alba appellation, Albeisa) and stored horizontally, in an area especially set aside for it in the most ancient section of the cellars.
The wine is aged 2 years in 20/40-hl. barrels of Slovenian oak previous to 1 year's bottle age.