Marcarini Barolo "La Serra" DOCG 2013 (Piedmont, Italy) - [WE 93] [WS 92] [VM 90]

Marcarini Barolo "La Serra" DOCG 2013
(Piedmont, Italy) - [WE 93] [WS 92] [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

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Rose, iris, red-berry and cake-spice aromas set the tone on this graceful red. It's linear, bright and loaded with finesse, evoking red cherry, crushed strawberry, star anise and pink peppercorn alongside taut, polished tannins and bright acidity. Drink 2013–2033." - KO (Sep 2017)

92 Points - Wine Spectator:
"This is firm, lending an austere feel to the cherry, berry, licorice and leather flavors. Overall, this is juicy and delicate, finishing long and pleasantly astringent, with a lingering hint of white pepper. Best from 2019 through 2032. 1,400 cases made." - BS (Nov 2017)

90 Points - Vinous Media:

"Marcarini's 2013 Barolo La Serra is a very pretty, super-classic wine with plenty of La Serra aromatics and tannic grip. Sweet floral notes, crushed red berries, white pepper and mint are some of the signatures. Weightless and a touch ethereal, the 2013 possesses good depth, with beams of supporting acidity and tannin that extend the finish nicely. I would prefer to drink the 2013 sooner rather than later, as it does not appear to be built for extended cellaring." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2017)