MERLOT - 2015
All soft red and black plums with an enticing earthen undercurrent.
L’Arietta is Marco’s pride and joy, named after the wind which cools the valley he calls home, this is a Merlot that puts to shame the connotations the grape brings to some. Aged in old barrels for eight months.
Marco Buratti’s Azienda Agricola Farnea occupies around two hectares of vines and three hectares of woodlands in a beautiful part of the Colli Euganei National Park. The land here has been planted with grapes since the eighteenth century, when the vignaioli of old were drawn to the area’s vibrant volcanic soils. Marco’s vines are worked by hand without the use of chemicals, a way of working he had decided on before clearing the forest to plant vines here in 2003. The “cantina” consists of a small room at the edge of Marco’s house strewn with concrete and fibreglass vats, old barrels and not a lot else. These tools, along with the grapes, are all Marco uses to make what we consider to be perhaps the most drinkable wines we have found in Italy. Lifted, textured and true, once opened, a bottle of Marco’s wine does not last long. We only wish he made more.