Coste di Rose Barolo DOCG 2016

Marchesi di Barolo

Terroir: Coste di Rose is a prestigious hill with full eastern exposure located in the community of Barolo, just in front of the Bussia area of Monforte. Coste di Rose is characterized by a more then 40% slope, which allows perfect cluster maturation, which is extremely demanding in terms of light and heat. The hill is of the Helvetian geological age, but, curiously, the soil quality is moderately calcareous (this originated from the marine deposits uplift, which are still found through regular agricultural maintenance) and especially rich in quartzite sand, fine limestone and just a small amount of clay. These peculiar characteristics impart to the Nebbiolo vines an intense and fine aroma, that bring to mind hint of wild mint.

Vinification: The harvest takes usually place during the first ten days of October: grapes are collected exclusively by hand, quickly brought to the cellar for destalking and soft pressing. The grapes undergo fermentation at a controlled temperature of 82-86°F in stainless steel tanks. Maceration of the skins with pump-overs lasts 10 days. The wine is racked into concrete tanks temperature for an extended period. In this way, malolactic fermentation starts spontaneously.

The wine is initially aged for two years, a part in 30-36 hl Slavonian oak barrels, and the rest in 225 L French oak barrels that are moderately toasted. The two parts are then blended in the traditional big oak barrels and the wine ends its fining in the bottle before release.

Behind the Wine: Marchesi di Barolo Coste di Rose Barolo with Valentina Abbona

Additional Information

Ruby-red color tending to garnet. Intense perfume with clean scents of roses, licorice, spices and aromatic herbs. Full, elegant, and full-bodied flavor with recurring hints of the olfactory sensations. The soft color and the structure confirm it as an immediately pleasant, balanced and harmonious Barolo. The Barolo Coste di Rose reaches its maturity after 4 years from the harvest and matures further between 4 and 20 years.

An outstanding red wine for roasts, this Barolo combines exceptionally well with main courses of red meats, braised dishes and aged and piquant cheeses. When aged at length, it makes a superb sipping wine.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Barolo DOCG
  • Winemaker: Flavio Fenocchio
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Calcareous,Limestone, Sand, Clay
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.3g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 2.0g/l
  • Sizes Available: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Nebbiolo

Recent Press

  • Score: 93 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Thursday, September 3, 2020
    "Beautifully perfumed with cherry, dried-strawberry and walnut character, as well as undertones of tar. Medium-to full-bodied with creamy, chewy tannins and light chocolate and berry undertones. Fine-textured at the end. Try after 2022."
  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Kerin O'Keefe
    Date: Friday, August 14, 2020
    "Crushed mint, pressed rose and underbrush mingle with a whiff of clove. It's full bodied and juicy, offering black cherry, cranberry, truffle and espresso alongside assertive close-grained tannins that grip the finish."
  • Score: 91 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020
    "The Marchesi di Barolo 2016 Barolo Coste di Rose delivers exactly what the vineyard's name suggests: aromas of wild rose and dried violet. On the back of those floral tones are some tangy touches of wild berry and dried apricot with tar, tobacco and black licorice. Within the greater Marchesi di Barolo portfolio, this wine is uniquely floral, with soft, approachable tannins. You could age this wine or sample it straight out of the gate with some grilled porcini. About 7,000 bottles were made."

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