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Marcarini, Barolo Brunate, 2004

$119.99
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The historic village of La Morra is one of my favorites in Barolo. Here Nebbiolo has a more elegant and expansive expression than Serralunga or Castiglione Falletto. This is likely due to the predominance of blue marl soils as well as hints of limestone, as opposed to the compact clays that dominate most of Barolo. The particular micro-climates play a role too. But whatever it is, it is certain that the perfume and texture of La Morra is wonderfully distinct. In this village one of the most accomplished and old school producers has to be Marcarini. This estate has roots that go back several centuries and they have been producing wine since 1850. The family was also one of the first to begin designating their cru vineyards on their label, as they have been bottling their two most famous vineyards, La Serra and Brunate, separately for decades. In 1990 Manuel Marchetti and his late wife Elisa (whose great-great-great grandfather first founded the Marcarini label) became the proprietors. They changed very little, holding steadfast to the traditions of the family. Manual is one of the more thoughtful and interesting people in Barolo, and he is a good friend. His adherence to the “old-school” style is purposeful but not dogmatic.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 91
"Marcarini's 2004 Barolo Brunate has aged well, but it hasn't really blossomed into a truly special wine, as so many Barolos from this vintage have. If opened now, the 2004 needs a few hours of air for the tannins to soften. The lifted, slightly fleeting, ethereal finish is classic La Serra." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 93
"Soaring aromatics emerge from the estate’s 2004 Barolo Brunate. Menthol, dark cherries, spices, new leather and licorice are all to be found in this generous, layered wine. Sweet, ripe tannins provide a lovely bookend to this rich, classic Barolo from the Brunate vineyard. Still somewhat closed, it is likely to require at least a few years of bottle age." -Robert Parker

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Nebbiolo

  • Vintage

    2004

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Traditional

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied

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