Marcarini Barolo "La Serra" DOCG 2012 (Piedmont, Italy) - [WS 91] [VM 90]

Marcarini Barolo "La Serra" DOCG 2012
(Piedmont, Italy) - [WS 91] [VM 90]

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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:

La Serra, as the other side of Marcarini Barolo production is named, comes from a historic area of ancient origin whose soil, lacking organic substances but rich in mineral salts and microelements, is capable of giving wines good color, structure, and flavor but never excessive tannins. The particular microclimate is characterized by a slight ventilation with the circulation of fresh and dry air

The ripening occurs a bit later than in the Brunate area, resulting in very elegant and apparently less structured wines, but always generous and rich with intense, ethereal bouquets. \The fermentation and all phases of maturation follow the same traditional methodology as the Brunate wine.

Tasting Notes:
The wine has a garnet-red color with ruby-red reflections and a slight orange note. The nose is ethereal, fresh, elegant and very persistent, with hints of violet, rose, licorice and sweet spices. In the mouth, the flavor is long and intense.
To be served in crystal glasses with very large bowls.

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Seems developed for a young Barolo, with tar, mushroom and leather flavors. Though chewy, this is elegant, presenting a smooth texture and fine balance. Best from 2017 through 2027. 2,000 cases made." - BS (Jun 30, 2016)

90 Points - Vinous Media:
"Marcarini's 2012 Barolo La Serra is very pretty, soft and understated. Exotic spices, orange peel, rosewater and dried flowers all lift from the glass in a mid-weight, gracious Barolo endowed with lovely precision and a real sense of understated grace. Silky, lifted and aromatic, the 2012 is quite appealing, even at this early stage. The tannins are precise and chiseled in classic La Serra style, but the wine's mid-weight personality makes the 2012 unusually accessible early. The slightly forward color and medium-bodied structure suggests the 2012 won't be a long-term ager, although it is quite expressive today. Issues with hail lowered yields by 10-15%." - Antonio Galloni (November 2015)

90 Points - Wine & Spirits:
"Subtle notes of damp earth and spice accent this wine’s soft red fruit flavors, giving it a delicate aspect that’s reinforced by fine-grained tannins. It feels developed for a young wine, with notes of mushroom and forest floor that offer sophisticated drinking in the near term."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This opens with funky aromas suggesting barnyard, dry underbrush and a balsamic note. On the palate, a hint of licorice backs up unripe cherry while bracing tannins provide firm support." - Kerin O’Keefe (9/1/2016)