Wine Detail

Barolo Bricco delle Viole

Wine name:Barolo Bricco delle Viole

Appellation:BAROLO DOCG

Zone:La Morra

Cru:Bricco delle Viole

Vineyard extension (hectares):1

Blend:100% Nebbiolo

Vineyard age (year of planting):Nebbiolo 1955

Soil Type:calcareous without rocks in the subsoil


Altitude:450 meters above sea level

Colour:Ruby red with orange reflections

Nose:Very fine, ethereal, rich, liqueur cherry, sweet spices

Flavour:Elegant, full bodied, quite soft, fresh, balanced, sweet and well integrated tannins, persistent

Serving temperature (°C):18-20

Match with:Grilled red meat, seasoned cheese

Average no. bottles/year:5,000

Grape yield per hectare tons:6

Vinification and ageing

Maceration with the skins for approx. 10 days depending on the vintage. The alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are natural: no yeast nor bacteria are added. The temperature in the cellar is raised in order to make the malolactic fermentation start. The  wine matures for 24 months in French oak barriques (15% new) and it is bottled during the following summer.

Wine Producer


Address:Via XX Settembre, 36 12064 La Morra CN

Owner:Marco Marengo

Year of establishment:1899

Total annual production:35000

Total vineyard extension (hectares):6

Planted varietals and extension (hectares):0.77ha Barbera 0.6ha Dolcetto 1.03ha Nebbiolo d'Alba 3.6ha Nebbiolo da Barolo

Vine training system:

Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines

Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable

Harvest period:September-October

Agronomist:Paolo Ruaro

Oenologist:Beppe Caviola


This estate was established by the Marengo family in 1899. Marco Marengo, the present owner, manages it, very successfully, together with his wife Jenny and his son Stefano, a wine technician.
The vineyard extension is just 6 hectares, but 1.2 hectares are in Le Brunate, a grand cru of La Morra (and one of the greatest crus of the Langhe area) and 1 hectare is in Bricco delle Viole, one of the main crus of the town of Barolo. These two vineyards have belonged to the Marengo family for five generations. The first vintage of Barolo to be bottled with Le Brunate on the label was 1974 while Barolo Bricco Viole was labelled as such starting from the 1997 vintage.
Marco has an extraordinary palate: it was and is quite an experience to taste the wines from the barrels, first in the small and cluttered cellar in the town of La Morra and now in the new cellar that was recently built (the first vintage to be vinified there was 2011).
The philosophy of Marco is to respect what the vineyards give him as much as possible, the work in the vines is more important to him than the work in the cellar.
Apart from the wonderful Barolo Brunate and the Barolo Bricco Viole, Marco also makes a Barolo “base” from four vineyards in La Morra, a Dolcetto d’Alba, a Barbera d’Alba (aged for 10 months in French oak barriques), a Nebbiolo d’Alba (from an old vineyard in the Roero zone) and a Barolo Riserva. 

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