Marcarini Barolo "Brunate" DOCG 2012 [3.0L MAGNUM] (Piedmont, Italy)

Marcarini Barolo "Brunate" DOCG 2012 [3.0L MAGNUM]
(Piedmont, Italy)

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About the Winery: 

Poderi Marcarini can trace its roots back to in the mid-1800s, when Giuseppe Tarditi established his winery in La Morra, in the heart of the village. Since 1990, it has been owned and managed by Manuel Marchetti, widower to Giuseppe's great, great, granddaughter, the late Luisa Bava. Just recently, 6th generation Elisa joined the winery after completing her degree in viticulture and enology.

The estate was one of the very first in the area to designate single vineyards on its labels, as early as 1950 - specifically their two celebrated, contiguous crus, Brunate and La Serra. The Nebbiolo grapes for these Baroli are grown within the estate's original nucleus, high on the rolling terroir of La Morra. The La Serra is perfumed, breezy and ethereal, with incense and notes of dried grass while the Brunate is more muscular, brooding and intense, and far more demanding and complex in its youth.

Notes from the Winemaker:

Barolo is without a doubt the noblest creation of the nebbiolo grape, and in Marcarini's Brunate selection it finds one of its highest quality expressions. For several generations, our family has owned a considerable part of the Brunate vineyards; Brunate has been recognized as one of the Langhe's most important cru zones since the 1300s, and today is officially recognized as a Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva. This precious denomination has been indicated on our bottles since 1958.

Tasting Notes:
Barolo Brunate has a magnificent garnet-red color with intense ruby-red reflections, of correct intensity and tonality. The nose is composite, rich, full and persistent, with hints of vanilla, sweet spices, tobacco, mountain hay and underbrush. Impressive taste sensations reveal the wine's imperious, noble, warm and velvety character, and the flavor is long and intense.
To be served in crystal glasses with very large bowls.

As far as wine production methods are concerned, we are proud to call ourselves traditionalists. We aim to be rigorous and demanding during our work in the vineyard, have a low yield per hectare, harvest the grapes when they are completely and perfectly ripe, and carefully select the grape bunches utilized in vinification.

Ratings & Reviews

89 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Moderately rich, with a sense of elegance, showing berry, leather, tobacco and tar flavors. Mouthcoating tannins line the firm finish. Best from 2017 through 2027. 2,000 cases made." - BS (Jun 30, 2016)

Vinous Media:

"The 2012 Barolo Brunate is an attractive wine, but it also comes across as light and lacking the depth that makes Brunate one of the best vineyard sites in La Morra. This is an especially floral, delicate Brunate. Dried cherry, tobacco, flowers and mint add shades of nuance on the mid-weight finish. Perhaps I caught the Brunate going through and awkward stage, but the wine simply feels not fully developed." - Antonio Galloni (November 2015)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Subdued aromas recall red berry, grilled herb and a hint of toast. The firm palate is on the lean side, offering tart cherry, star anise and sage alongside assertive tannins." - Kerin O'Keefe (9/1/2016)