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Marcarini Nebbiolo Barolo Brunate 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Right out of the glass this is full of explosively sweet red fruit that is a bit simple, but packed with the essence of sour cherry fruit. With time the fruit begins to mellow and is joined by notes of sandalwood, camphor, and subtle spice tones. Soft and rich on entry with nice mineral tones, this is a bit lean but retains great focus through the palate. The tannins start out rather small but build in the glass as this closes up. The finish offers bitter red fruits laced with sneaky, savory tones. This has excellent potential with great depth in an elegant, complete, if smaller scaled, style 90pts

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Editorial Reviews for Marcarini Nebbiolo Barolo Brunate

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065225,812
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 04/07/2010

Right out of the glass this is full of explosively sweet red fruit that is a bit simple, but packed with the essence of sour cherry fruit. With time the fruit begins to mellow and is joined by notes of sandalwood, camphor, and subtle spice tones. Soft and rich on entry with nice mineral tones, this is a bit lean but retains great focus through the palate. The tannins start out rather small but build in the glass as this closes up. The finish offers bitter red fruits laced with sneaky, savory tones. This has excellent potential with great depth in an elegant, complete, if smaller scaled, style 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065225,812
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 05/21/2009

AWE blind tasting - lightly smokey, a touch sweet, nice raspberry fruit tones, light grilled meat, sweet entry, nice fruit, good balance here with fresh acidity and ripe tannins, a little soft perhaps but with good depth to the funghi and spearmint tinged, sour cherry fruit, a touch short, nice and drinkable 88-89


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065225,812
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 07/08/2009

Deep and filled with roses, this begins a bit monotone on the nose with hints of dry earth, sassafras and beet root. With air this gains a bit or a brownie edge, full of moist earth, hints of game and BO and plump, roasted strawberry. What begins as a lush, round, seductive mouthfeel turns even more polished with air revealing a touch of spice, white pepper and earth that lays like a blanket over the slightly bitter tannins and wonderfully integrated acidity. This is well balanced and fresh but turns just a touch muddied on the finish. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065225,812
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 09/23/2008

40 day fermentation/maceration then 2 years in botte Dark and earthy on the nose with incipient hints of mushroom, slight confiture of black raspberry and nuanced notes of limestone and smoke 2+ Packed in the mouth with a rich matte feel supported by bright acids and fine ripe tannins 3 A bit tight at first yet layered in the mouth with subtle notes of dried fruits, slightly roasted strawberry, red berries a touch of vegetal freshness, still a bit closed but with obvious richness 3 Very clean and precise on the finish but still short at this point 2 2012-2025 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065225,812
3.50 5
Vintage: 2001 10/16/2013

Dark carob, jellied black fruit,and dusty minerality greets the nose. Round and just a little sweet in the mouth this offers up attractive fruit that has a little figgy edge to it along with a nice mineral note working as a contrasting note. Pretty packed with tannin and showing a touch of heat on the finish. Interesting if not as well balanced as some, this could improve. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065225,812
4.50 5
Vintage: 1998 10/14/2008

This opened with a fine nose immediately offering up perfumed notes of cherry, scorched orange rind, floral notes and sandalwood with top notes of mint and a touch of funk all over a bed of mineral rich clay. In the mouth this is very bright, with big acids. It’s a touch austere with lovely wild cherry fruit and slightly rustic tannins adding a bit of grit to the texture. Real nice length on the finish with subtle pomegranate and stronger raspberry tones and a crisp, focused citrussy finale. This is very friendly and complete tonight with great aromatics but could use a bit more complexity in the mouth. 2008-2018 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065225,812
3.50 5
Vintage: 1998 04/23/2014

A touch shy on the nose though with building aromas of earth, old wood, rose petals and a faint hint of game accented with a top note of mint. On the palate this was a softer expression of Brunate, very much in line with the character of 1998. Stewy orange and strawberry fruit early on the palate gave way to lots of red cherry tones on the backend, all underpinned with good acids and rather soft, caressing tannins. A touch simple, though showing some orange peel and rose petals on the modest finish this has begun to drink well but lacks some depth and complexity. 88pts


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Member Reviews for Marcarini Nebbiolo Barolo Brunate

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0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/28/2012

The 2008 Brunate is Marcarini's icon wine, a true expression of this top quality site with very intense savory aromas of tobacco, mocha, truffle, leather and candle wax. It is a more "masculine" interpretation of Barolo and a true masterpiece created by winemaker Manuel Marchetti, a passionate steward of the Marcarini family wines. With signature high acid and fine grippy tannins perfectly balanced with 14% alcohol, it is the most concentrated of Marcarini's two single vineyard Barolos, massive yet elegant.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065225,812
4.40 5
Vintage: 2001 10/16/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065225,812
4.40 5
Vintage: 1998 04/23/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065225,812
4.50 5
Vintage: 1996 04/23/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065225,812
4.50 5
Vintage: 1995 04/23/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065225,812
4.40 5
Vintage: 1995 04/23/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065225,812
4.70 5
Vintage: 1989 04/23/2014

Four and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Marcarini Nebbiolo Barolo Brunate

External Review
Vintage: 2007 11/14/2013

Bright medium red. Sweet ripe aromas of cherry and redcurrant with a hint of surmaturite. Fat lush and sweet with considerable power to the rich flavors of ripe red fruits and brown spices. Has the stuffing to support its big round tannins. A very ripe style but with more supporting structure and a bit less alcohol (14.2%) than the La Serra. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

Soaring aromatics emerge from the estatersquo;s 2004 Barolo Brunate. Menthol, dark cherries, spices, new leather and licorice are all to be found in this generous, layered wine. Sweet, ripe tannins provide a lovely bookend to this rich, classic Barolo from the Brunate vineyard. Still somewhat closed, it is likely to require at least a few years of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2012ndash;2024.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 09/27/2011

Good medium red with an amber edge. Distinctly backward nose hints at dark raspberry and menthol; much less showy today than La Serra. Then rich, chewy, sweet and dense in the mouth, with bound-up flavors of dark fruits and camphor. Considerably deeper and more structured than La Serra, but these tannins will also require substantial bottle aging. Marcarini continues to employ a leisurely traditional maceration lasting 40 days, says director Manuel Marchetti, using a continuous and very gentle spray to keep the cap wet.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 09/27/2011

Shows aromas of plum and meat, with a hint of wet earth. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is subtle and fruity. Best after 2010.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

Located between the communes of Barolo and La Morra, Brunate is one of the zonersquo;s most revered sites. Nebbiolo here often achieves a gentle grace that belies the grapersquo;s inherent power. This excellent rsquo;04 seems reticent at first, hidden behind a curtain of mineral tannin. It evolves with air, revealing delicate fruit flavors and a deep, profound earthiness. High notes of red cherries and roses are displayed against a backdrop of savory porcini and black truffle. The structure, too, shows a similar tension, a gentle push-pull between the bright acidity and sinewy, saline tannin. Precise and focused, this will reward patient cellaring for ten to 15 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 09/19/2011

The 1993 Brunate is equally sweet, but comes across as denser, more structured, and tannic, even though it is relatively accessible. The wine possesses a deep garnet color with more ruby hues, an earthy, cherry-scented nose, and lush, medium to full-bodied, spice-driven flavors. It should evolve and perhaps improve for up to a decade.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 12/15/2011

These are some of the finest Baroli I have ever tasted from Marcarini and proprietor Manuel Marchetti. The warmth of the vintage has given the wines an extra level of generosity in the fruit that acts as a wonderful counterpoint to the firm tannins that are generally present in this estate's young Baroli.


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