Manuel Marinacci is the quintessential farmer/winemaker. He would rather be in the vineyard than waiting on me.
Located in tiny San Rocco Seno d’Elvio just to the southeast of Alba, Manuel Marinacci produces Barbaresco on the very southern edge of the Barbaresco zone. He farms ancestral lands that specialized in cattle. The stalls were converted to a modest cellar for his 4 hectare estate that produces Dolcetto and Barbera as well as Nebbiolo. Total production is less than 20,000 bottles per year.
Manuel’s love for the land is evident, but he is a passionate winemaker as well. He trained at the enological school of Alba but has adopted a non-interventionist style. His wines are light handed, elegant, and explosively aromatic with an intensity to the fruit that comes with gossamer weight. He dislikes when people praise a wine but say it needs another five years in the cellar. That’s why he keeps his Barbaresco in botte for 30 months; his goal is to have a wine ready to drink on release. Kudos to him blazing this commendable trail!