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April 20, 2015

Marcarini Brunate and Marcarini La Serra 2011

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Following on from our 2011 Pio Cesare Barolo offer, we are delighted to present the exceptional and incredibly priced single vineyards ‘Brunate’ and ‘La Serra’ from one of Piedmont leading producer’s, Marcarini. The 2011 Barolos are already establishing themselves as very good in their own right, being paralleled to the wonderful 2007s. The growing season was warm creating rich, velvety and voluptuous fruit, which will be approachable before the 2010 vintage. In 2011 Marcarini has created two beautiful wines from his wonderful single vineyard sites Brunate and La Serra, scoring 91-93 and 92-94 respectively from James Suckling.

Marcarini is truly an exceptional winemaker with incredible terroir at his disposal; Brunate in particular is one of the greatest vineyard Crus in the whole of Barolo. What is staggering therefore is the price, at £112 pounds per case of six, this is simply the most under-priced single vineyard Barolo on the market. We have tasted numerous older vintages of Marcarini, particularly from the 80s and 90s and the wines age brilliantly, capable of improving for two decades and taking on incredible tertiary flavours of leather, sandalwood, tar, truffle and resting notes of rose. In their youth they have lovely intensity, minerality and notes of violet. It is truly staggering that these two wines can be bought for £18 per bottle on release.

The Marcarini Estate is more than 150 years old, boasting 25 hectares of which 21 hectares are under vine. The Estate is cited in the great Barolo village of La Morra, amorously bordered by hazelnut trees and famed for its high altitude and higher preponderance of calcareous marl, producing more fragrant wines. The Estate was the first in the region to designate single vineyards (Crus) on their labels, over sixty years ago. They had good reason to do this, as the Jewel in their crown is the superb south-facing amphitheatre style vineyards that are Brunate and the more elevated south-facing slope of La Serra.

The single vineyard Brunate along with Cerequio, is the finest in the village of La Morra, although it straddles the village of Barolo. In fact it is considered one of the most outstanding single vineyards in all of the Barolo region; ‘Black fruit, tar, licorice, violets, dark spices and balsamic notes are some of the signatures of this great site’, Antonio Galloni. Their other single vineyard La Serra is cited on top of a hill with a wonderful elevation of 400 metres, where it receives continuous ventilation and resultantly delivers the greater floral and feminine style of Barolo. Marcarini’s holdings are the largest of any estate here, currently standing at 5.5 hectares. This vineyard is very sheltered and the wines are very concentrated, harmonious and elegant.

Marcarini Special Winemaking
Marcarini is a proud wine-making traditionalist and one of the tenets of traditional Barolo is that the final blend should come from multiple vineyards, with each vineyard providing something different such as aromatics, rich fruit or structure. Marcarini vinifies separately following careful grading of the bunches during the harvest. The vineyard’s Crus are called ‘Fontanazza’ and ‘Boschi di Berri’ and have a total surface area of 4.25 hectares. Yields are rigorously managed and planted at a density of 4,000 rootstocks per hectare, the vines have an average age over 25 years.The cellars are a found in a glorious XVII Century building panoramically set against a medieval tower.

An incredible amount of care and attention goes into making a truly excellent and age-worthy wine, available today at today’s superb pre-release price.

Marcarini Brunate 2011, 6×75 – £112 IB or £149.16 incl. duty and VAT

James Suckling, 92-94 points – tasted April 2015
A red with a beautiful depth of fruit plus orange peel and walnut character. Full body, round tannins and a clean finish. Needs time to soften. Better in 2018.
Antonio Galloni, 90 points – tasted Mar 2015
The 2011 Barolo La Serra is classy and polished to the core. Sweet floral notes meld into kirsch, red cherry and raspberry. This is one of the more floral, lifted Barolos of the vintage, while the structure tends towards the lighter end of the spectrum. Crushed flowers, mint and spices are all laced into the super-expressive finish framed by classically austere La Serra tanninsDrink 2015 – 2023

Marcarini La Serra 2011, 6×75 – £112 IB or or £149.16 incl. duty and VAT

James Suckling, 91-93 points – tasted April 2015
A rich and flavorful red with plum, dried orange peel and a chocolate finish. Full body, round tannins and a savory finish. Better in 2018.
Antonio Galloni, 91 points – tasted Jan 2014
Marcarini’s 2011 Barolo Brunate comes across as a bit light in this vintage. Site specific nuance is pushed to the background in this decidedly mid-weight Barolo. Dark red cherry, tobacco, mint and crushed flowers flesh out in a relatively pliant, open Brunate that uncharacteristically appears to be built for near and medium-term drinking. Drink 2016 - 2023

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