Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca 1998
94-96 points Robert Parker: The great 1998 Barolo Marenca offers the essence of Nebbiolo in its sweet bouquet of roasted espresso, cedar, Chinese black tea, soy, and black cherry/plum-like fruit. Dense, full-bodied, and viscous, this exceptional Barolo's purity and essence of Nebbiolo-like character make it a compelling wine to drink now and over the next 12-18 years. (Oct 2001)
Editorial Reviews for Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca
This is just lovely on the nose with intense notes of wild flowers, lingonberries, balsamic incense and medicinal roots. There is a touch of warm toast buried in the fruit but the powerful, muscular aromatics of black cherry and menthol easily balance it out. On entry the tannins are noticeably sweet and fine and support complex red fruits that recall plum and red apple skins that segue to a deep, fruit driven mid-palate with classic red cherry fruit. This finishes with excellent length and turns a bit more minerally with cherry pit notes and a fine finale of bitter licorice. A powerful wine still very youthful but with impressive balance! 2008-2024 94pts.
My number three wine of the night and honestly it was a close call against the Scavino, Bric dël Fiasc. The nose of the Marenca, draws you in with dusty red fruit, topsoil, undergrowth and sweet tar. On the palate, I found ripe strawberry with savory mushroom and tobacco that lead to a clean red fruit finish with silky tannin. This wine is drinking great right now with proper decanting.
External Reviews for Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca
The dark plum-colored 1998 Barolo Margheria exhibits structure as well as a backward character. It is full-bodied, with outstanding concentration, offering notes of chocolate, black cherry liqueur, spice box, and earth. There is plenty of glycerin, m... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 1998 Luigi Pira Barolo Margheria 750ml