2006 Marzieno Fattoria Zerbina Review And Tasting Notes
The Marzieno 2006 from Fattoria Zerbina is an extraordinary wine, one of those reds that makes you doubt that you are in the Romagna hills. Because let’s face it clearly: the depth and ambition we find in the wines of Fattoria Zerbina have few contenders not only in Romagna but also throughout the Italian panorama.
And the care, the attention to philological detail, the commitment to produce outstanding wines, and the winery’s ambitions can be understood from many factors.
Just look at the alberello vines planted with precision or the immeasurable quantity of vintage that you can find in the cellar of each wine that represents an Italian historical unicum.
The site is compiled with maniacal precision, and each wine is painstakingly filed, commented on, and cataloged. Just to say, the history of the Marzieno is available back to the 2000 vintage.
But we will talk about the 2006 vintage. The vintage speaks of itself. 2006 was terrific: gradual spring, with good rains and then a not too hot summer, so a good freshness was preserved in the grapes.
Sixteen years is not an infinity, but it is already long enough to understand the type of evolution that such a structured and majestic red wine can undergo. And we anticipate that it will be an exciting experience.
Despite being mature and opulent in aromatic volume and development, an underlying austerity dominates, making the wine elegant and dry.
How was it produced?
Harvest in early October: 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Maceration for 15 days and fermentation in steel. Aging for 15 months in both new and used French oak barrels and then for another 18 months in the bottle.
The result is an imaginative wine with dark opulence. The bouquet is decadent with pitch, marzipan, blueberries, and dried meat. The tone is severe, broad, and with voluptuous aromas.
On the palate, it is sumptuous, warm, and slightly nervous. The backbone is Sangiovese, with a series of earthy flavors of root and cinchona that blend with Cabernet’s ethereal and slightly smoky exuberance.
It still has a splendid acidity: it doesn’t bite but keeps the wine vibrant and never “lazy.”
The extract has stratified and offers a mature complexity but is never soft. This severity also recurs on the palate, taking on flavors of cinchona and rhubarb. Excellent persistence.