2004 Malgra, "Marvenga" Barolo, Piedmont



Press and Tasting Notes

Piedmontese winemaking that ranks right up there with Barolos three times the price. Marvenga offers finesse, structure, flavor and wonderful aromas. Aged barrels yield very little wood influence allowing the Nebbiolo grapes to develop classic notes of spice, dried wild flower, licorice and berries. Pair this hearty, yet almost Pinot Noir like, ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick

Featured October 25, 2009


We could not believe the extraordinary Barolo we found at an industry tasting last week. There, we were surrounded by 25 of the finest Barolos brown bagged to conceal their labels.
    After swishing and swirling for about an hour, we narrowed the lineup down to our top ten and then down to our favorite two. First place went to a single vineyard Barolo by Paolo Scavino - we weren't really surprised by that selection or the $145.00 price tag given the quality. However, our jaws dropped when the second bottle was revealed. Here's why:
    While the Scavino is a fantastic wine, it is going to need a decade (at least) before you can begin to enjoy it. However the Malgra is already showing classic Nebbiolo characteristics with just the right amount of spice notes, dried wild flower, licorice and berries. With hints of rose pedals on the nose, this special wine even throws of subtle flavors of pomegranate. Velvety tannins with superb inner perfume and notable harmony resemble a rustic Pinot Noir with a bit more masculinity. Pair this hearty Barolo with grilled meats, game, osso buco, stews, and aged cheese. Enjoy this special value now and for the next 7 years from a classic vintage receiving endless accolades.
    We have an extremely limited amount of this wine to offer and that will be the last of the vintage. The wine will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Enjoy! Read More »



In northern Italy, Piedmont is home to a number of grape varietals.  Among them is the "noble grape" Nebbiolo.  Grown in several sub-regions, the most popular Nebbiolos hail from Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe, Gattinara and ... Read More »