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The Marchesi di Barolo estate encompasses approximately 430 acres of vineyards in the Langhe, some of the finest in Piedmont, including the prestigious Cannubi cru. The cellars are located in the village of Barolo, overlooking the Renaissance castle of the Marchesi Falletti di Barolo.*
Barolo, as we know it today, was first made in the early 19th century by the Marchese Carlo Tancredi Falletti di Barolo and his wife, Giulia. The wine from their estate soon became known as “the wine from Barolo”, served at important diplomatic and royal functions. The Marchesi had no children and following the death of the couple, the Marchesi di Barolo dynasty was left without an heir. Per the wishes of Marchesa Giulia, a great philanthropist, the family assets were donated to charity and a non-profit foundation was created in their name, “Opera Pia Barolo”, helping the neediest of nearby Torino. The sales of wine from their Barolo vineyards continue to fund the charity, which still exists today. In 1929, local winemaker, Pietro Abbona purchased the cellars formerly owned by the Marchesi and eventually acquired all their vineyard holdings as well.*
Today, Marchesi di Barolo remains a family business. Since 2006, the estate has been under the direction of Pietro’s great-grandson and fifth-generation winemaker, Ernesto Abbona and his wife Anna, who have both inherited a longstanding winemaking tradition and a love of the vineyards and its wines.*
Today's wine is a celebration of the noble Nebbiolo varietal and is made from grapes sourced from the winery's holdings throughout the Langhe region. After a gentle pressing to extract aromatic notes from the skins, the grapes undergo controlled temperature fermentation and an 8-day maceration. The wine is aged in stainless steel and concrete tanks to preserve freshness and allow the fruit-and terroir-driven characters to be fully expressed in the finished wine.
Medium-bodied, the "Sbirolo" beguiles the senses with aromas of red cherries and sagebrush. On the palate, brambly raspberry and cherry fruits take center stage, while notes of savory herbs, tobacco, and violets are supporting players. Supple tannins and balancing acidity make this a beautifully integrated wine that can be enjoyed with or without food.
Producer Name: Marchesi di Barolo
Old/New World: Old World
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Nebbiolo della Langhe DOC
Quality Designation: DOC
Grape Varietals: Nebbiolo
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Medium body Red
Winemaker: Flavio Fenocchio
Pack/Size: 12/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Bordeaux style bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork