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Barbaresco, PiedmontSlightly damp stained label
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$75.00 per Bottle
"Very subtle and elegant aromas of licorice, plum and hints of fresh herb. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a plummy vanilla aftertaste. Will evolve into a lovely wine. More elegant than the outstanding 1997, but shows more complexity. Best after 2009. 1,650 cases made." Wine Spectator
Drink from: 2009
"Marchesi di Gresy releases three Barbaresco selections: Martinenga, Gaiun, and Gamp Gros, the latter two being produced only in top vintages. The Martinenga is produced from the heart of the vineyard. The exposure is south-east and the soils feature a combination of clay, limestone and sand, which gives wines that are more accessible and ready to drink at a younger age. The Martinenga is considered the most classic of the three Barbarescos. The Giaun sub-plot lies on the western portion of Martinenga, near Asili. The exposure is also south-east, but the soils here are a mix of clay, limestone and blue marl which yield wines of more structure. The Camp Gros sub-plot, which lies on the eastern border of Martinenga, close to Rabaja, has a pure southern exposure. The soils at Camp Gros are a mix of blue marl and limestone which gives wines of notable structure and aging potential.
Fermentations for the Barbarescos typically last 12-18 days and are done in stainless steel with selected yeasts. The Martinenga and Camp Gros are aged along similar lines, they see 6-8 months in barriques, which are used to give the wines color, while the rest of the aging is done in 25 hectolitre barrels. The Gaiun bottling is aged exclusively in barriques. Both the Camp Gros and the Gaiun are released a year later than the Martinenga. The 2001 Gaiun and Camp Gros have not yet been bottled, so I was unable to taste them.
2000 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga-A gorgeous, approachable and elegant wine, that as Dotta says, "connects tradition with modernism." The wine displays a medium translucent ruby color, medium body and flavors of prunes, spices, and a distinct mentholated note. It is the most classic of the estate's Barbarescos. 90 points/drink now-2008
Although I have purchased this producer's wines for years, this was my first visit to the estate. The Marchesi di Gresy winery is superbly positioned in the prestigious Martinenga cru in Barbaresco, one of the most famous vineyards in the zone. Enologist Marco Dotta has turned out an impressive line-up which I was able to taste with him recently. The estate's wines are characterized by great elegance, refinement, and sophistication.
2003 is a difficult vintage for white varietals, as the excessively hot weather has produced wines that are dominated by ultra-ripe fruit but lack the necessary acidity to give the wines a sense of overall balance." Antonio Galloni, In the Cellar
Drink from: 2004-2008