Zenyatta condatta

Paolo Marcarino 2009 Barbera d’Asti “Zeroincondatta” (Piedmont) – A no-added-sulfite barbera, one of the very few in the entire region (that is to say: I don’t personally know of another, but someone might). This is, compared to other barberas of the region – even the pushed-ripeness variety – very violet-purple in color…a color that one often encounters in the absence of sulfur, no matter which grape varieties are employed. There’s also the spiky brittleness expressed alongside a prickle of (pleasant) volatility that seems to come with the genre, and which I’m told derives from the particular sort of semi-carbonic fermentation necessary when working without sulfur. As for the rest: lavish acidity, fruit in the grapey/blueberry-ish range, and fine-grained, overtly crystalline tannin. It’s pretty, but there’s a hint of highly-tinted mascara (think Donna Mills in Knots Landing) to the attractiveness; not that I mean to suggest that the wine’s made-up or artificial, just that there are some showy, lurid aspects to its visage. Acid asserts itself as the finish progresses. I like this a great deal. (3/10)


  • Jeremy Shapley

    January 15, 2013

    I am trying to get hold of Paolo Marcarino and am having no luck with his so called wine agent/ broker. Do you my any chance have a way i can get hold of Paolo directly?
    Any help here is greatly appreciated.

    Jeremy Shapley

    • thor iverson

      January 16, 2013

      Unfortunately, even if I have his card — which I don’t think I do — I’m half a globe away from it at the moment. So no, sorry, I’m unable to help. Good luck!


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