Estate: Originally buying grapes from neighboring vineyards, the Scarzello family has been making wine in Barolo since 1930; by 1960 they were making wine from their estate vineyards. Heading the estate since 2001, 3rd generation winemaker Federico Scarzello uses organic, biodynamic and traditional methods in the 5 hectares of vines. [2.5 hectares are in the legendary Sarmassa MGA, including the iconic Vigna Merenda.]
Winemaking: Grapes are from 2 plots in the Vigna Merenda [Merenda Vineyard] of the Sarmassa MGA, at 300 meters in elevation, with limestone, clay, silt and sandstone soils. Fermented in stainless teel with maceration on the skins for up to 50 days. Aged for “28-30 months in 25-30-hectolitre Slavonian oak casks with staves of average thickness”. 3800 bottles produced.
Tasting Notes: Garnet with brick edging in colour, with ever unfolding aromas of cherry, fennel, plum, dried strawberry, rose petal black pepper, leather, tobacco, sandalwood and cigar box spice. Cherry, plum blackberry, eucalyptus, summer woods, tarry earth and fresh acidity are flanked by grippy tannins. Licorice, black pepper, cherry, and a trace of vanilla bean infuse the velvety finish. Stoic, stately, precise and plush.
Sarmassa Barolo DOCG
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agr. Scarzello
€60 [purchased in Italy]