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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Acquerello, San Francisco, California
Martinenga is far from Barbaresco's most famous cru, but many insiders consider it to be Barbaresco's most perfect terroir.
Particularly revered are its two flanks—Camp Gros and Gaiun—which easily rival their immediate neighbors, Rabaja and Asili, respectively.
The cover story in one of our previous newsletters makes the case for the greatness of Martinenga, Camp Gros, and Gaiun, as well as the vineyard's sole owner, the Marchesi di Gresy. And, to back it up, we have offered for purchase 14 great and rare di Gresy wines made between 1982 and 2005.
But due to overwhelming scarcity, some important pieces of the puzzle were missing from the offer. Several of those pieces were among the wines tasted at Acquerello on January 25, as we fully explored the vineyard's noble history.
Produttori di Barbaresco Martinenga Riserva 1967
Ceretto Barbaresco Martinenga 1971
Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 1978 & 1988
Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga Maggiore 1989
M. di Gresy Barbaresco Camp Gros 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1996 & 2005
M. di Gresy Barbaresco Gaiun 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1996 & 2005
We have hosted countless dinners featuring rare Barolos and Barbarescos, but this was one of the most intriguing.
The wines were accompanied by a four-course menu created for us by Acquerello's acclaimed chef, Suzette Gresham-Tognetti.
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