2007 Marcarini "La Serra" Barolo
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Barolo La Serra emerges from the glass with a bouquet redolent of perfumed red berries, flowers and mint, all quite typical of this site. In 2007 La Serra shows a touch more volume and depth than is usually the case, which helps to balance the hard, firm tannins that are often found in this wine. This is a beautifully proportioned, harmonious Barolo from Marcarini. It is already so open and expressive, it is hard for me to envision a long life, but most of the bottles will have been long consumed before that is likely to be an issue. The fruit was harvested on October 1 and 2. The wine saw 15 days of fermentation, followed by another 39 days of contact with the skins. The wine then spent two years in large, neutral casks prior to being racked into steel to rest before being bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. 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 estateís young Baroli.
Marcariniís La Serra is a unique Nebbiolo with citrus notes and red fruit backed by tones of watermelon, fennel and anise seed. Itís an offbeat wine but it does have personality.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Very ripe, perfumed nose offers currant, cherry and marzipan. Creamy and rich on the palate, with an exotic quality to the liqueur-like cherry flavor, along with a suggestion of dried fruits.