A delightful single vintage grappa from Marolo distillery, found in the Piedmont area of Italy’s north.
Marolo have been in business since 1977, producing grappa with a strong sense of terroir, often creating single vineyard releases.
This bottling has been produced using marc from Nebbiolo grapes used to create Barolo wines, also found in the Piedmont region. As a single vintage release, the pomace used to create this spirit was the product of one harvest, and has been distilled in one season. Marolo use bain marie stills to gently distill their spirit, as not to damage the flavours of the pomace.
The spirit has been aged in two casks, numbers 1208 and 1280, that are described as being of “different kinds of wood”. The spirit was bottled in 2014, having been aged for 27 years. Each barrel in the batch has been bottled separately, with this bottle coming from barrel number 1208.
This is a phenomenally long time for grappa to be matured, and has created a spirit of astounding depth and complexity.
The result is a grappa full of flavour, offering notes of toasted almonds, walnut and hazelnut, alongside cedarwood, cigar smoke, chocolate, anise, liqourice, peppery spice, honey, baked fruits, dried fruits, white wine, grapes, wet wood and vanilla.
Marolo Grappa di Barolo Riserva 1987 is bottled at 50% ABV, ensuring a full mouthfeel and intensity of flavour.
One of just 327 bottles, each of which are numbered and labelled by hand, and come with a handsome walnut presentation box.