Marcarini Barolo la Serra 1979

  • SN: 91

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The nose here offered up dirty scents right out of the bottle with some stinky egg shells that quickly blew off revealing a core of raspberry hard ... Read more

At decanting: smoke, leather, cherry, limestone, and beef! Celery seed and sweet beef bouillon greets the nose and while this is sweet and totall... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Marcarini Barolo la Serra

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065203,894
4.50 5
09/22/2008

The nose here offered up dirty scents right out of the bottle with some stinky egg shells that quickly blew off revealing a core of raspberry hard candy fruit graceful edged with a touch of banana peel and dry, almost toasty wood. Lot's of smoke and dusty gravel tones emerge quickly. The palate impression is soft and full with good balance showing a round yet restrained style. The moderate depth of flavor offered up bright minerality and floral, cirtrus orange blossom inner mouth perfume. Finishing delicately, if Montevertine made barolo this would be it. By dinner the nose had grown immensely offering up intense sassafrass notes as well as beefy, toffee tones to the deep raspberry fruit. Tons of complexity on the nose, menthol, tobacco, hot rocks, medicinal roots, hot asphalt, expresso foam, killer nose. Seamless in the mouth with citrussy orange tones dominating and a hint of talcy tannins supporting them. The integrated acidity leads to a long, succulent finish. While showing well there are some contradictory points, while well balanced the alcohol seems a touch high, the mid-palate is silky yet there is a bitter, astringent note that may be off-putting to some. And while the wine ends on a sweetly fruited note the finish is pretty mineral and with a slightly bitter coffee bean edge that enhances that sweetness with it's contrast. I find the wine to be complete and at peak 2008-2014


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065203,894
4.50 5
03/12/2014

At decanting: smoke, leather, cherry, limestone, and beef! Celery seed and sweet beef bouillon greets the nose and while this is sweet and totally tertiary it is also savory and delicious reminding me of BBQ potato chips. Superb balance, in the mouth, along with lovely fruit, bright, sapid, and richly flavored with wild amarena cherry, and limestone lingering through the long finish while picking up some nice citrus/citrus peel notes and a hint of unripe strawberry on the finale. Sapid and bright with great length and beautiful faceted complexity, the only knock could be that the tannins are a touch angular. Seems pretty classic to me. 91pts


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