AN INCREDIBLE YEAR
Andrea Marchetti explains why the 2016 vintage will stay in our memories for a long time after harvest is over
Andrea Marchetti explains why the 2016 vintage will stay in our memories for a long time after harvest is over. “It will be an incredible year with impeccable quality, rich in aromas and with the potential to exalt every type of grape and showcase their most typical and aromatic dimensions.” The words of Andrea Marchetti, owner of the Marcarini winery together with his father Manuel and sisters Chiara and Elisa, ring with enthusiasm for the 2016 vintage.
The season ended with an excellent harvest, considering that this year’s difficulties lay in several unexpected hailstorms in July. The grapes demonstrated the characters of the varieties, reacting with readiness, vigor, and high quality of fruit. The grapes’ good health was one of the principle characteristics of the 2016 season, which was cool and had little precipitation, factors that allowed vine growers to limit chemical and synthetic treatments in the vineyards and let nature express herself according to her own rhythms.
Now that the last grapes of nebbiolo have been harvested and are already beginning to ferment in the cellars, it is safe to say that 2016 will be a great year, one of the best. It will certainly be on the same level as the much-celebrated 2015, and in fact might show itself to be even more unique.
Andrea explains why.Andrea Marchetti
ANDREA, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE 2016 HARVEST IN JUST ONE WORD?
IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE IT IN JUST ONE SENTENCE?
2016 was a cool year with good weather, dry in some months near the end of summer, which helped the grapes to ripen optimally, exalting their characteristic aromas.
COULD YOU GIVE US THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE RED GRAPE HARVEST?
Complex. Ripe. Healthy.
AND THREE WORDS FOR THE WHITE GRAPES?
Aromatic. Balanced. And healthy as well.
WHICH VARIETIES DO YOU EXPECT THE BEST PERFORMANCE FROM?
From nebbiolo for Barolo. In September and October, significant diurnal temperatures affected the tannins of the nebbiolo, making them soft and round. The sudden temperature changes that can be annoying for us are very beneficial for wine.
COULD YOU DESCRIBE THE BEST MOMENT FROM HARVEST THIS YEAR?
While we were taking a break at the trailers, we shared bread and Nutella all together. It was a nice communal moment.
AND THE MOST DIFFICULT MOMENT?
One evening in September in the vineyards of La Serra, the cord for transporting the grapes got stuck at the steepest point of the hill. We still had two hectares to harvest and we had to finish it before the rain, which according to the forecast was coming in, and would have stopped harvest. So we decided to keep going without a break, finishing everything with the strength of our arms and harvesting until ten at night.
IF THE NEBBIOLO THAT YOU HARVESTED THIS YEAR WAS A SOCCER PLAYER OR FAMOUS PERSON, WHO WOULD YOU COMPARE IT TO AND WHY?
Without a doubt to Buffon, because the grapes always showed themselves to be in top condition in every situation. They even survived the hailstorms in July smoothly: it gave us vine growers a sense of security. Like the captain of the team does for his teammates.
HARVEST IS FINISHED AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR A VACATION. WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO, AND WHICH BOTTLE WOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU?
Harvest, unfortunately, is not done yet, but continues with all the work in the cellars, which will keep us busy for a long time still. But if I could go on vacation I’d choose Lucerna, in Switzerland, a city that I love. I would take an old Barolo with me—maybe a 2004 Brunate because right now, it’s at its best. But mostly because nothing warms you up like Barolo on a cold winter night!