Marengo Barolo DOCG Brunate 2018, Piedmont, Italy

The Brunate vineyard is predominately located in La Morra village but extends down the hill into the town of Barolo itself. It has always been considered a ‘grand cru’ and historical site for making ageworthy Barolos. Brunate’s soils are quite homogenous despite crossing over two different towns. Generally speaking, the soil is made up of calcium carbonates wth a high percentage of manganese, mixed clays and sand dating back to the Tortonian era. Brunate is located on a steep slope ranging from 230 meters to approx. 400 meters altitude. Barolos from this cru will be round and supple but with decisive tannins. The flavors are more those of darker fruits and great depth. Brunate may come from the word ‘brina’ which means frost. Brunate expresses the darker more brooding characteristics often found from this terroir. Some of their vines in this vineyard are over 80 years old! It is fermented in stainless steel and then aged for 24 months in casks.