Marcarini Barolo "La Serra" DOCG 2016
(Piedmont, Italy) - [JS 97 & # 82 of Top 100 Wines of Italy 2020] [WE 95]
Regular price $85.00 Sale price $64.97 Save $20.03
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
"A Barolo with such intense, fine-grained tannins, yet it's so deep and poised with polish and energy. Full-bodied, yet it remains agile and layered. Strawberries, bark, hazelnuts and hints of rose petals. Give this four or five years in the bottle, at least. But a classic wine." (29 Jul, 2020 )
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"All about finesse, this ethereally elegant red opens with scents of rose, crushed mint, red berry and hints of new leather. The polished, precise palate features strawberry compote, spiced cranberry, star anise and a dash of white pepper. It's well balanced, with fresh acidity and taut, refined tannins. Drink 2024-2036." Kerin O'Keefe (9/1/2020)
"The 2016 Barolo La Serra is laced with sweet dried cherry, dried flowers, mint, pine, cedar and anise, all of which open up in the glass. The 2016 is an attractive wine, but it is also light and somewhat faded in character. The incisive La Serra tannins are evident, but the 2016 is a light wine for both this year and site." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2020)