Explosive Barolo, with scents of roses and cherries that just burst from the glass. There are boatloads of tannins, but they’re ripe and soft, and the wine just seems to add complexity and elegance with every sip, picking up hints of licorice, red plums, leather, spice and earth. Long and velvety on the finish. Drink 2010–2020, possibly longer.
Deceptively soft and supple, this plump, full-bodied wine features ripe black cherries, a dose of chocolate liqueur and hints of citrus zest. Firms up on the finish, which boasts mouthwatering length and substantial tannic heft. Try after 2008. Imported by Empson (USA) Ltd.
With fruit harvested from the beautiful Brunate cru located just a short distance away from the Barolo castle, this wine from Marcarini will delight you. The aromas here are full, generous and recall wild berry, cedar, smoke, licorice and cherry cola. Tight, firm tannins and bright acidity make the wine both cellar worthy and food friendly.
The Brunate “grand cru” (because it really is considered among the top three best vineyards) has fatter soils with a higher clay content that shapes intense, well-structured wines. This expression delivers a beautiful bouquet of spice, berry fruit and vanilla shadings. The wine stands out thanks to its power and dimension. Drink after 2018.
This Barolo from the Brunate cru shows gorgeous characteristics of mature fruit, spice, natural rubber, asphalt, tar and root beer. The wine’s personality is marked by a comforting, almost familiar territory-driven feel that recalls the greatest Nebbiolo-based wines from Piedmont. Save this bottle in your cellar for 10 years or more.
This is a lovely, layered wine with unusual (but seductive) aromas of cassis, wild berry, violet, chopped mint, pine nut, iron, clove and savory black pepper. The finish is tight and dusty with finely textured tannins that fade after a long while. Drink after 2015.
Wines from the vineyards of La Serra have a remarkable drinkability when young, something that can’t be said for all Barolos. There are dusty aromas of wild game and red fruits. The acidity is bright and the mouthfeel shows nice complexity. A great drinking wine now and over the next 10–15 years.
This full-bodied, tannic Barolo is firmly astringent on the finish, but there’s enough fruit behind the tannins to emerge with proper aging. The complex aromas and flavors showcase cherries and plums, but also darker, earthier notes of tobacco, humus and spice. Try after 2010. Imported by Empson (USA) Ltd.