Marcarini Barolo "La Serra" DOCG 2015
(Piedmont, Italy) - [JS 93] [VM 93]
Regular price $80.00 Sale price $54.97 Save $25.03
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.
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 - Vinous Media:
"The 2015 Barolo La Serra is wonderfully silky, aromatic and refined, with all of the lift that is such a signature of this high-altitude La Morra site. Flowers, sweet red cherry, spice, tobacco and cedar are wonderfully delineated. Even more importantly, the aggressive tannins that once often penalized this wine are pretty much absent, a change Marcarini ascribes to gentler handling of the fruit during the initial part of fermentation. This is very nicely done." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2019)
93 Points - James Suckling:
"Spicy, earthy and very ripe with gorgeous aromas and intensity. Full-bodied, tight and very focused with a great finish and length. Shows compact and polished tannins. Goes on for minutes. Drink in 2023." (January 25, 2019)