Marco Sambin. 'Marcus' 2013
Rosso delle Venezie IGT (14%)
Grapes Merlot (40%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), and Syrah (30%)
A vintage which strays into a more Mediterranean style, black pepper and tobacco joining the deep red black berry and cherry fruit.
Production: 2500 bottles
There isn’t enough Marcus to go around and I am amazed that we have been able to get any at all. For years I have been trying not to get excited about and have failed, we have an excellent producer from the Euganean Hills already in Giordano Emo Capodilista, but this is something very different. There is no compromise at all in this wine, it is an out and out thoroughbred, a longshot that may just take the great names of Pomerol by a nose, it really is that good.
The grapes are harvested by hand through September, each variety is picked in the same day and from picking to the tank takes no more than two hours. The grapes are de-stemmed and gently crushed before being fermented in steel tanks at a controlled twenty-seven degrees using native yeasts. The wine is manually pumped over and the cap punched during fermentation. The finished wine is racked off into new and second year French barrique where it remained for twenty months. The blend is then made and the wine is held in steel tanks for a few months before being fined with egg whites and bottled.