Marchesi di Barolo Barolo DOCG "Sarmassa" 2011 (Piedmont, Italy) [1.5 L MAGNUM] - [WE 93] [RP 92] [JS 91] [WS 91]

Marchesi di Barolo Barolo DOCG "Sarmassa" 2011
(Piedmont, Italy) [1.5 L MAGNUM] - [WE 93] [RP 92] [JS 91] [WS 91]

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Notes from the Winemaker:

Then wine is racked into concrete tanks that are lined with fiberglass inside and insulated by cork. Here it maintains a temperature of about 22° degrees C. (72° F.) which will prompt the beginning of Malolactic Fermentation. Within two months, the Malolactic Fermentation will be complete and the wine will be ready to be transferred to barrels.

The wine is aged for 2 years in wood; a part in Slavonian or French oak barrels 30 or 35 hectoliters (789-947 U.S. gallons) and the other part in small French oak barrique (225 liters) that are moderately toasted. The fining carries on in bottle for 12 months, before going into the market. The Barolo Sarmassa reaches its first signs of maturity after 8 years from the harvest. It continues to mature elegantly for a period of time and the between 8 and 30 years. The wine is, therefore, colorful, tannic and long-lived.

Deep garnet red. Intense aroma with clean scents of wild rose, vanilla, licorice and spices. Feather the resin of pine and tobacco. Taste is full and elegant, full bodied, with tannins in evidence, with recurring olfactory sensations. Enjoyable are the spicy and woody notes that blend perfectly.

With its big structure, this wine is particularly adapted to main courses of red meats, braised dishes and game in general. An ideal accompaniment for cheeses.

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Red berry, rose, iris, aniseed and forest floor aromas lead the nose on this structured red. The full-bodied palate offers juicy wild cherry, crushed raspberry, coffee, white pepper and cinnamon framed in firm, fine-grained tannins that lend elegance and structure." - Kerin O'Keefe (Nov 1, 2015)

92 Points -
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2011 Barolo Sarmassa is a complete wine with a vibrant bouquet that is redolent of dark cherry, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Ethereal notes of chopped herb and cherry cola appear at the back. In the mouth, Barolo Sarmassa shows power, concentration and tight textural richness. It should soften and flesh out with more aging time in the bottle." - Monica Larner (Jun 28, 2015)

91 Points - James Suckling:
"A red with blueberry and mineral character and hints of stones. Medium to full body, firm tannins and flavorful finish. Better in 2017." (Apr 14, 2015)

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Wild cherry and berry flavors are tinged by hints of herbs and leather, while the beefy tannins gather steam toward the finish. Fleshy and vibrant, with a long, savory aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2030. 150 cases imported." - BS (Nov 30, 2015)