(From 2009 Vintage) Marcarini's 2009 Barolo Brunate is drop-dead gorgeous. The aromas and flavors are a bit brighter and more floral than is often the case, while the darker, balsamic notes typical of Brunate are less evident. Instead, it is the wine's textural finesse and sweetness that speak loud and clear. Hard candy, dried roses and sweet red berries wrap around the textured, inviting finish.
(From «nv» Vintage) Barolo, undoubtedly the noblest of Nebbiolo varietals, finds one of its highest expressions in Marcarini's Brunate cru, resulting in an austere, majestic wine, with perfectly balanced acidity and tannins, indicating ideally ripened grapes.
This wine takes its name from the homonymous single vineyard at La Morra, and was the very first in the area to specify vineyard name on the actual labels, as early as 1958.
The grapes are severely selected, then fermented at a temperature of 28-30° Celsius. Maceration on the skins lasts 3 to 4 weeks, and the wine is aged for at least two years in medium-sized oak barrels (between 2,000 and 4,000 liters in capacity).
It is successively bottled (in the classic bottle format of the Alba appellation, Albeisa) and stored horizontally, in an area especially set aside for it in the most ancient section of the cellars.
Wine & SpiritsRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 12/08
Wine AdvocateRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 12/07