If we return previous 2016, 2015 is actually extremely regarded, as are 2012 and 2013. 2010 has been talked about. 2008 and 2004 are each stellar years and earlier than that, there was a unprecedented run of nice, if completely different, years – 2001 again to 1996. 1990, 1989, 1982, 1978, 1974 and 1971 are the picks from even earlier.
Taking a look at among the current di Grésy wines, 2020 Langhe Nebbiolo is from the Martinenga winery. It affords engaging aromas and a few depth. Fermented in stainless-steel, that is aged in cement for 5 months.
The 2020 Barbera d’Asti is from Barbera fruit from the La Serra and Monte Colombo estates and actually impressed – seamless, supple and fantastically aromatic. This wine is fermented in stainless-steel after which aged for 5 months in older barriques and a few Slavonian oak casks.
Transferring to the massive weapons, most of which I beloved. All of those will profit with additional time within the cellar earlier than opening, when you can present the requisite endurance –
Martinenga Barbaresco 2017. From a half bottle, this was, for me, the frustration. Deep purple hue with a purple/brown rim, there have been notes of freshly baked bread and roast meats, mushrooms, dry herbs and cherry liquor notes. It was extraordinarily tannic, very mouthpuckering and chunky. Energy sure, nevertheless it lacks appeal and beauty. 89.
Martinenga Barbaresco 2018 – This was a cracker. Fermentation is for eight to 10 days with a floating cap, with 20 to 30 days maceration (submerged cap) and day by day pumpovers. Ageing is for a 12 months in French barriques and a subsequent 12 months in Slavonian oak.
Pale-ish garnet. Florals, purple fruits, aniseed, mushrooms, purple cherries, smoked meats and undergrowth. That is finer, with extra finesse, good focus and spectacular stability. Extra approachable now than the 2017, the tannins are far more satiny. Nicely-structured with spectacular size and course. 10 to fifteen years. 95.
Gaiun Martinenga Barbarecso 2016 ($220) – The tactic of winemaking right here is similar as for the Martinenga, however the ageing is solely in French barriques and for 28 months.
The wine is a deep garnet in coloration. Now we have notes of leather-based, delicatessen meats, purple fruits, dry herbs, soy, tobacco leaves and florals. There may be complexity already evident right here. Ample tannins, a bit of firmer than with some, however it’s a silky palate, nonetheless. There’s a contact of smoky mushrooms right here, on the palate. Good acidity, engaging stability and a lingering end. 12 to 18 years. Actually good. 94.
Camp Gros Martinenga Barbaresco Riserva 2015 ($280) – Winemaking right here is just like the opposite two crus, however right here, the maturation in wooden is a 12 months in French barriques adopted by 16 months in Slavonian oak, with an extra interval within the bottle to make sure laws are met.
The wine is deep maroon with purple/brown edges. It has a posh nostril with notes of dry herbs, bergamot, strawberries, bay leaves, heat earth, smoked meats, truffles and far more. A balanced, intense and well-structured wine, with energy and focus. It truly is already indicating how complicated it is going to be with time. That is very a lot the savory fashion. The palate additionally has a tiny contact of chocolate. High-quality, silky tannins, good finesse and stability all through, with brilliant acidity and critical size. An outstanding Barbaresco. Ten to twenty years. 96.
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