Bold and Beautiful Barolo: The Wines of Marziano Abbona

From by Wanda Mann
Bold and Beautiful Barolo: The Wines of Marziano Abbona

  IMG_5022"We never made wine in order to receive good reviews, but to express the best that our land can give. It was a choice that rewarded us, over time." - Chiara Abbona

There are certain wines that have attained a near mythical status for aficionados and for many, Barolo is the Holy Grail. Produced from 100% Nebbiolo grapes in the Piedmont region of Italy, Barolo is celebrated for its long aging potential, complexity, and elegance. Widely regarded as the king of Italian wines, Barolo is a serious vino and Marziano Abbona has distinguished itself as one of the region's finest producers. The Abbona family has been cultivating vineyards since before the 1920's and Marziano Abbona began bottling wine under the family name in the 1970's.

Abbona FamilyChiara, Bruna, Marziano, and Mara Abbona.

I recently had the pleasure of sharing some delicious Marziano Abbona wine and insightful conversation with Chiara Abbona - one of Marziano's two daughters. Truly destined to be in the wine business, at the tender age of 3 Chiara precociously requested an oenology (study of winemaking) book. Her passion for wine never waned and Chiara continued her oenology studies in high school and college. From traveling around the world to represent the winery to assisting her father with the production of the wine, Chiara is an integral part of this thriving family business.

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Marziano Abbona Pressenda Barolo DOCG 2010 ($74) was aged 12 months in French oak and an additional 24 months in large French casks.

Chiara described Barolo as typically having flavors of fruit, spice, tobacco, leather, black pepper, and balsamic notes.  Barolo tends to have strong tannins that mellow out beautifully as the wine ages. Watch the video to see Chiara describe the flavor and aromas of Marziano Abbona Pressenda Barolo DOCG 2010. And listen to the podcast to hear our entire conversation - Chiara discusses her family's legacy, the terroir of the region, and even recommends dark chocolate as a great pairing with Barolo. 

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Marziano Abbona Papà Celso Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG 2013 ($29)

In addition to Barolo, Marziano Abbona produces wine from another grape that is indigenous to Piedmont - Dolcetto. Their Marziano Abbona Papà Celso Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG  is a tribute to Chiara's grandfather - Celso Abbona. A consistent award-winner, Papà Celso Dolcetto is sourced from the oldest and most prized Dolcetto vineyard in the region. Complex but harmonious, this Dolcetto is aged in stainless steel for 10 months and has pure flavors of black fruit with hints of cloves and licorice. This wine can easily age for 15 or more years. A very smart investment at only $29 a bottle.

If you're planning a visit to Piedmont, Marziano Abbona welcomes visitors, by appointment, for tours and tastings. Salute!

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Marziano Abbona cellar

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