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Barolo Marcarini La Serra 2010 - Organic

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The Wine

Marcarini is a wonderful family producer in Piemonte. Six generations of the Marcarini family have worked this hard but rewarding terrain, and here is the fruit of that labour!

As with all Barolo, you should expect a paler colour - this is not a deep colour of wine, but should be a medium ruby with some garnet. 

This is quite a big boy, especially as the vintage was such a classic. Thus, the tannins will be firm but ripe and the acidity quite high. But these are the traits of a great Barolo. This is something to keep hold of and try over the years as it develops.

We recently tried a 1945 Barolo (Giacomo Conterno) which was still holding up well and was indeed very delicious.

There is no reason a wine like this would not keep for 20-30+ years!

On the other hand, it is good fun to try a Barolo when it is young and then wait again until it is in its middle age. 

At this point expect a flavour of dark cherry, leather, earth.

The Region

Barolo is based in the Piemonte region of north-west Italy. It is the most powerful, dynamic and age-worthy expression of the Nebbiolo grape. 

As a DOCG there are certain requirements in relation to the yield of grapes (56hl/ha) and ageing requirements - the wine cannot be released until it has had 38 months ageing with at lease 18 months in oak. This means it is a true wine of quality. 

The core of the region is based around the townships of Barolo, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga D'Alba and Monforte d'Alba. Each area can have a distinct style based on the soil type and micro-climate. Barolo and La Morra to the west have a different soil type from the other 3 areas to the east, making them generally softer, fruitier and more aromatic. The areas to the east tend to be intense and structure, requiring longer to age.

All Barolo share a colour that is not deep (think Pinot Noir), turning to garnet quite quickly. They share complex, wonderful aromas of cherry and plum, ageing to violets, liquorice, tar, white truffles and rose petals.

Food Pairing

Barolo pairs very well with all game food, especially goose as the acids of the wine combat the rich fattiness very well. 

Also, dishes containing liver, wild mushrooms or truffle. Imagine a wild mushroom risotto with a truffled cheese or truffle oil on it.

Medium cheeses, such as gran padano. Any blue cheese would be too much for a Barolo.

Critics Review

Rated 18/20 on JancisRobinson.com:

"Dark crimson. Very elegant and perfumed. Gentler and softer than some but very delicate and insinuating. Firm and convincing. But not chock full of tannin. Fruit in ascendant."

Serving

Take some time with this in the glass and allow the perfume to seduce you before delving in. You can decant for up to 4 hours or so to allow a great opening up of the wine before you enjoy it. 

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