It is always a treat when you get to combine tasting new wines with meeting the winemaker, especially when the winemaker is coming from across the pond. This past Thursday, the Barrel Thief had a wine tasting with winemaker Alberto di Gresy from his Piemonte winery Marchesi di Gresy. Marchesi di Gresy’s winery is located in Martinenga just outside of Alba and is in the Barbaresco DOCG zone of Piemonte Italy. While the most prized Barbaresco wines come from the Martinenga estate growing primarily Nebbiolo, di Gresy has various vineyards throughout the famous Langhe region with the other typical plantings of Dolcetto and Barbera and the not so typical plantings of Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot.
Alberto di Gresy and his wines
My Tasting Notes
2006 Langhe Chardonnay ($25) (stainless steel production) – light crisp, passion fruit aromas with loads of apple and pear flavors
2001 Langhe “Gresy” Chardonnay ($34) (barrel fermented and aged sur lees) – almond and honey nose, with mineral, stone and almost flinty flavors graced by fuji apples. Very full body and a touch of spice at the finish.
2006 Dolcetto d’ Alba “Monte Aribaldo” ($25) – blackberry, cherry and earth on the nose with green olive and cherry on the palate. Very full and round for a Dolcetto, very impressive with darker fruit than expected and nice hints of earth and barney notes. Excellent!
2005 Barbera d’ Asti ($24) – Cherry, nutmeg and raspberry nice light to medium body, bright acidity and a touch of green bean at the finish
2006 Langhe Nebbiolo ($29) – firm tannins, dirt, earth, raspberry, currant with dry leathery tannins left on the tongue, very good.
2004 Barbaresco Martinenga ($59) – light in color but full in complexity, hay, cranberry, leather, clove and raw mushroom with an extremely long finish
I am probably biased because I just adore the Northern Italy area of Piemonte, but this was a great tasting regardless of any prejudice. Alberto was a great host, displaying the passion that is evident in the quality of his wines. Make sure to stop by the Barrel Thief to pick up these wines as well some of the high end single vineyard Barbaresco’s that I didn’t get a chance to taste.
ps… keep your eyes open for a new Barrel Thief coming late this summer (hopefully) at Patterson and Libbie.