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Marcarini, Barolo La Serra, 2016


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A wonderful Barolo, finessed and elegant, but possessing energy and vibrancy. 2016 Barolos have garnered much attention, as the vintage was even and late-ripening, setting up beautiful wines. The Marcarini family is now six generations strong, straddling the line between traditional and modern. They began practicing stricter selection for this wine in 2015, and it certainly pays off here.


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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.

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D 92
"The genial Marchetti family produce two single-vineyard wines from their holdings in La Morra. Brunate is relatively powerful and often shows better, while La Serra is usually more graceful and in this vintage has the edge. The raspberry-scented nose has charm and poise thanks to its floral tones. It shows freshness and clarity but doesn't lack concentration. It's well balanced with both weight and sucrosity and no excesses. Long."

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WE 95
"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."


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