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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 9 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2009 vintage.)
TypeRed
ProducerM. Marengo
VarietyNebbiolo
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryItaly
RegionPiedmont
SubRegionLanghe
AppellationBarolo

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2022 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.5 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 5 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by shedcellar on 10/12/2015: Agree with the below comment about this being a bit muted, certainly on the nose. I expected it to be much more aromatically intense and complex. No shortage of fruit intensity or ripe tannin on the palate though. The bottles had just been delivered from storage so I plan to let them rest for a while before trying again. (198 views)
 Tasted by Sip&Swish on 8/14/2015 & rated 90 points: Subtle tar and floral nose, more violets than roses but fairly muted. Tannins are tamer but still pronounced with fair grip. Fairly moody, dark and dense but after 2 hrs in decanter (not much really) starting to show more delicacy and finesse. Good winding down drink for the end of the day. Will still drink well done over another 5-7 yrs. (291 views)
 Tasted by RussK on 9/8/2014 & rated 90 points: Russk 90+ on day 3 (555 views)
 Tasted by moxielady on 7/8/2014 & rated 90 points: Dark fruit, leather and roses. V smooth finish. (557 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Walter Speller
JancisRobinson.com (9/4/2012)
(Marco Marengo Barolo Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Barolo 2008: The Incredible Lightness of Being (Apr 2012)
(Mario Marengo Barolo) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159
(M Marengo Barolo) Subscribe to see review text.
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Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is a red grape indigenous to the Piedmont region of Italy in the Northwest. The grape can also be found in other parts of the world, though they are not as respected.

Nebbiolo is often considered the "king of red wines," as it is the grape of the famed wines of Barolo DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG, and Roero DOCG. It is known for high tannins and acidity, but with a distinct finesse. When grown on clay, Nebbiolo can be very powerful, tannic, and require long aging periods to reach its full potential. When grown on sand, the grape exhibits a more approachable body with more elegant fruit and less tannins, but still has high aging potential.

"Nebbiolo" is named for the Italian word, "nebbia", which means "fog", in Italian and rightfully so since there is generally a lot of fog in the foothills of Piedmont during harvest.

Nebbiolo is a late-ripening variety that does best in a continental climate that boasts moderate summers and long autumns. In Piedmont, Nebbiolo is normally harvested in October.

More links:
Varietal character (Appellation America) | Nebbiolo on CellarTracker

Italy

Italian Wines (ItalianMade.com, The Italian Trade Commission) | Italian Wine Guide on the WineDoctor

Piedmont

Vignaioli Piemontesi (Italian only)

Langhe

Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Roero | Union of Producers of Albese Wines (Albeisa)

Barolo

Regional History:
The wines of Piedmont are noted as far back as Pliny's Natural History. Due to geographic and political isolation, Piedmont was without a natural port for most of its history, which made exportation treacherous and expensive. This left the Piedmontese with little incentive to expand production. Sixteenth-century records show a mere 14% of the Bassa Langa under vine -- most of that low-lying and farmed polyculturally. In the nineteenth century the Marchesa Falletti, a frenchwoman by birth, brought eonologist Louis Oudart from Champagne to create the first dry wines in Piemonte. Along with work in experimental vineyards at Castello Grinzane conducted by Camilo Cavour -- later Conte di Cavour, leader of the Risorgimento and first Prime Minister of Italy -- this was the birth of modern wine in the Piedmont. At the heart of the region and her reputation are Alba and the Langhe Hills. This series of weathered outcroppings south of the Tanaro River is of maritime origin and composed mainly of limestone, sand and clay, known as terra bianca. In these soils -located mainly around the towns of Barolo and Barbaresco -- the ancient allobrogica, now Nebbiolo, achieves its renowned fineness and power.

 
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