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2016 Luigi Pira "Marenca" Barolo (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1483614 95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Barolo Marenca is powerful, deep and richly constituted, but also reflects Giampaolo Pira's move towards a style that showcases a good deal of Nebbiolo translucence. Swaths of Marenca tannin wrap around a core of intense red fruit, iron, menthol, anise and dried herbs. As always, Marenca has that extra kick of fruit density and richness that works so well to play off its considerable tannic clout. (AG) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark You don't see too many wines from the Marenca cru in Serralunga d'Alba, and in fact, looking through the Wine Advocate database, I only see past vintages from this single producer, Luigi Pira. The 2016 Barolo Marenca offers an accessible and open-knit personality with bold, dark fruit and distinctive mineral tones that range from crushed stone to rusty metal. The Marenca aging regime sees a combination of neutral French tonneaux and Slavonian botte grande, and that wood has served mostly to enhance balance and integration. (ML) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

K&L Notes

You may never have heard of this “cru” Marenca before when compared to the famed Vigna Rionda, Lazzarito, Francia etc. That is because Luigi Pira is the only producer to state this single cru on the label. A fun fact is that they share this vineyard with just one other producer: Gaja.

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