Sunday, 17 September 2017

Two Days In Piedmont - A Visit To Marchesi Di Barolo

The second of my winery visits on our two days in Piedmonte this summer.
The story of Marchesi di Barolo begins in 1807 - read all about it here and here. I meet up with Giulia who showed me the cellars and the wine library (although she didn´t want to leave me alone in there with a corkscrew, which I suggested...) and then she poured the 13 Baroli. A great visit!

Marchesi di Barolo
2013 Barolo
A very young and a tad foursquare nose with notes of red cherries, smoke, earth and band aid. Nice enough.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of ripe cherries, dry licorice, asphalt and forest floor. A fine acidity. Long. The taste is better then the nose today. Give it 5+ years.
87p   (tasted 2017/08)

2013 Barolo Coste di Rosso
The Coste di Rosso shows of a floral, high nose with notes of cranberries, ripe red cherries, forest floor and mushrooms. On the light side of things but very persintent and fine.
The taste is taut and dry with notes of red currants, hyacint, gravel and violets. Long and fine with some structured tannins. 5+ years.
89p   (tasted 2017/08)

2013 Barolo Cannubi
A dense, deep nose with notes of ripe black cherries, coffee powder, rosehips and a hint of dark chocolate. All the cru´s get the same oak regime, 1/3 new barriques and 2/3 old slavonian botti.
The taste is focused and forceful with notes of ripe cherries, bakelite, chrushed rocks, dried flowers and a hint of rich tobacco. Very long and very good. I would wait 6 years for this one.
92p   (tasted 2017/08)

2013 Barolo Sarmassa
The Sarmassa displays a stony, rocky, flinty nose that needed time in the glass. Then aromas of black cherries, tar, undergrowth and fir flows up from the glass. Very deep. Refined. This will need serious time.
The taste is concentrated and structured with the feeling of biting of cherry pips alongside notes of asphalt, rosehips, forest floor and violets. Very, very long with taut tannins. Give this 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2017/08)

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