Bottle Notes

1998 Marcarini Barolo Brunate – Bottle Notes

Marcarini Winery dates back six generations. The Marcarini estate covers 25 hectares and is situated in La Morra in Piedmont.  In sourcing fruit for their Barolo,  the family owns vineyard plots in La Morra comprising two of the areas best vineyards, Brunate and La Serra.  Each is bottled as a separate wine. The wines of Marcarini are fiercely traditional.

Light red in color. 14% ABV. Riveting nose of red fruits, leather, wet asphalt and flowers. Medium body with impressive acidity. Full of elegance and grace. Cherries, orange rind, tobacco and earth on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Awesome Barolo from what has proven to be a long lived vintage. Well cellared bottles will drink beautifully for another 2-4 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Before I opened this bottle I could not help but notice all the notes on Cellartracker saying this wine was past it’s prime. The old adage that after 20 years it is less about the vintage and more about the bottle was proven true once again.

Marcarini is a bargain compared to other top notch Barolo. Bottles of the Brunate and La Serra can typically be found for $50-$60. The wines age for decades.

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