Garnet red in the glass, the nose is complex and ample showing aromas of violet and underbrush. Full, velvety and very balanced. Because of its structure and body, it pairs well with meat, game and cheese.
The Rio Sordo vineyard is located in the Barbaresco municipality. The soils are known as white marl of Saint Agatha and go back to the Tortonian-Messinian period.
Maceration lasts 20 days using a traditional method of maceration called steccatura at a temperature that never exceeds 30°C. This method involves wedging stocks into the vat to hold the cap (grape skins and pulp) down below the surface of the juice. This slow, gentle extractraction coaxes the signature tannins from the Nebbiolo grape skins. Aged for 30 months in 25 hectolitre Slavonian oak barrels with a portion of it part aged in barrique. The wine is further aged in-bottle for at least 12 months.
From vintner Giuseppe Marengo and dedicated to his grandmother who left the family's Rapet and Cerretta (in Barolo) vineyards in inheritance, the Ca' Rome' 2017 Barbaresco Maria di Brün is a release of just 2,500 numbered bottles. It shows plenty of dark fruit and plum, with tilled earth and dark licorice. The wine makes good on its hot-vintage DNA with extra concentration, an open-knit personality for near or medium-term drinking and a 15.5% alcohol content. There is a fun point of crushed black pepper on the close.
93 points, Wine Advocate (June 2021)
The 2017 Barbaresco Maria di Brun captures the Ca’ Rome style at its best. A fleshy, voluptuous wine, the 2017 caresses the palate with silky red fruit and lifted, perfumed aromatics. Although quite forward and alluring, the 2017 has the structure to drink well for a number of years.
94 points, Vinous (October 2020)
Rich yet compact aromas and flavors of red and black berries and cherries, together with notes of wet earth, forest floor and even a hint of menthol. Full-bodied, dense and silky with lots of refined tannin that is starting to meld nicely into the rich fruit. Big finish that’s already long, but will only gain with time.
95 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2021)