Martinenga Marchese di Gresy

2009 Marchesi di Gresy Martinenga Barbaresco

Normally 18 months in both small and then large oak but this saw a little more in botte, one year and two months in bottle

Shows some toast on the nose, Minty, with raw wood, small red fruits, and camphory white soil notes. Nicely firmer style on the palate with nice amplitude in a rather tannic, big fruit but not fruity style that shows lots earthy, mineral aspects that make the palate almost lean and elegant. The long finish shows lots of tannins, lots of fruit tannins, but also just a touch of drying wood tannin on the finish, which ends with a lightly toasty note. 89pts

2008 Marchesi di Gresy Martinenga Barbaresco

2000 cases

The middle part of the vineyard

Lighter in character than the 2009 with dried citrus peels, tea leaf, rose petal, and barely ripe red berry fruit on the nose.  A bit narrow but fairly ripe on the palate,with fine grained tannins lending this a transparent and elegant feel with a nice silky texture. The palate reveals layers of leafy fennel, soil driven, and slightly umami flavors, with a lovely sweetness on the finish that contrasts the very precise tannins. 90pts

2008 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Gaiun Martinenga

100% barrique about one third new

Smells a bit marshmallow, vanilla, pencil lead rich in  a bit dull and heavy vein. Opening with sweet fruit and toast flavors in a broad style, this shows nice acidity making the midpalate bright and lively with lots of strawberry fruit and a little whipped creaminess from the oak. There is noticeable wood tannin all across the tongue and through the  short finish. This is a bit chunky and shows an inelegant use of wood. 87pts

2008 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Camp Gros

Two and half weeks fermentation, a little delestage, submerged cap, on the skins for thirty to thirty five days, in 2011 a tank was kept on the skins forty days

With perfumes of small strawberries in alcohol this exhibits more Nebbiolo fruit backed up with integrated wood, camphor and mint aromas.  The bright acids on entry are quickly covered by very subtly creamy and compact red fruits. Dense with tannins that are slightly austere yet polished,there is  still nice focus and detail here with a nice savory finish. This shows some vitality and elegance, and is quite classic but the oak is noticeable if not obtrusive on the nose and it adds a textural note on the palate. 90pts

2007 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Camp Gros

A bit pruny on the nose and intense with lots of soil tones, some minty spice, some prosciutto, and pencil shavings framing lots of strawberry fruit with a top notes of smoke and vanilla, and clay. Soft, rich, and powerful in the mouth this displays lots of red fruit even some watermelon, with nice slightly rustic and spicy  tannins. Fresh and powerful on the finish this is full of red cherry and earthy fruit and retains a sweetness on the long finish. This is pretty attractive 2007. 91pts

No Gaiun in 2007 because of hail, lots of it went into nebbiolo

2006 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Gaiun Martinenga

7500 bottles

Thirty five days on skins, two years in oak

Toasty on the nose with accents of toasted marshmallow, a bit of pencil shavings, rose petals, violets, red plum skins. There’s a little campfire here along with some old wood on the nose. Silky and focused on entry this remains fresh and youthful yet with a maturing feel on the palate. Elegant and cool with nice depth of flavor, super focus, a rather seamless feel and plenty of  lovely red cherry and red plum skin notes on the finish, with just a hint of wood tannin remaining on the finish. I would prefer less toastiness on the nose but this is coming together well. 91pts

2005 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Camp Gros

Lucky picking early, flowering was tough, small crop, cool season, rained for about nine days, directly after the harvest here

Ferments are slightly cooler today than in the past, two or three degrees

Tight on the nose with an earthy cast over cut cherry fruit, sweet herbal notes, a hint of sottobosco Bosco, sweet necco chocolate wafer and a touch of sweet wood showing cedary shadings. Silky and rather  small scaled in the mouth this is almost ready displaying nice frutto del Bosco flavors supported by small austere tannins which  appear on a finish lengthened by nice acid drive. perhaps a bit dry, there is still plenty of attractive burnished cherry fruit with a nice citrusy, dried rind notes adding detail, though the tannins do remain a touch youthful. 89pts