Perman Wine Selections Friday Feature – 6/3/11

Hello and Happy Friday!

Barolo is Italy’s greatest red wine! Yeah, I said it!

Barolo has also become Italy’s most consistent wine. There are at least two dozen producers that I can name off the top of my head who produce world-class wines seemingly every vintage. Most importantly these are wines that you can trust – they age well, and consistently perform at a high-level.

Two years ago I traveled to Piedmont to taste some already bottled 2006 vintage wines as well as taste the 2007 vintage out of cask. These are two “five-star” vintages. Each a little different, but both absolute musts for the Italian and Barolo wine enthusiast.

2007 has recently received a lot of press. Antonio Galloni of The Wine Advocate writes “The 2007 Baroli are some of the most viscerally thrilling young wines I have ever tasted. The 2007s are similar to the 2004s, but with more substance. The wines are radiant, intensely perfumed and totally seductive, yet not at all heavy, in a style that offers the textural richness of a warm vintage with the aromatics of a cool year. In 2006 and 2007 readers will find the finest back to back Barolo vintages since 1989 and 1990.”

He is excited, I am excited and you should be excited too!

Over the coming weeks and months, I will offer you several of the top Baroli available.

I can guarantee you one thing – today’s Barolo from Marcarini is the finest single-vineyard Barolo you can buy for $50 or under. This is a very special wine, and I was glad to see such a traditional producer like Marcarini get the props they deserve in the wine press.

Alas, I only have 60 bottles of this to sell, and they will go fast. So place your order today!




Marcarini is a historic winery based in the village of La Morra. 5 generations have overseen its production, with Luisa and Manuel Marchetti currently in charge. Their style of vinification has always been considered very traditional. The aging of the wines is done in large Salvonian oak barrels.

Marcarini is most famous for its Barolo from the Brunate vineyard. Marcarini was the first person in the area to bottle a wine with a vineyard designate on it beginning in the 1950’s. Brunate has been bottled as a single-vineyard since 1958.

The Brunate vineyard is a historic cru, considered a “Grand Cru” by those in the know. Marcarini owns a good chunk of the 25-hectare vineyard. Other big names that make Brunate include Vietti, Voerzio, Ceretto and Altare. Those examples are typically 40%-200% more expensive than Marcarini – just one reason why this is such a steal!

Ultimately though, it is about quality of wine, and the 2007 Marcarini Barolo “Brunate” is a truly stellar wine, deserved of a place in any wine lover’s cellar!

“The estate’s 2007 Barolo Brunate sweeps across the palate with endless layers of expansive fruit. The Brunate shows fabulous intensity and depth in an uncharacteristically rich, opulent style for Marcarini. Despite the wine’s richness there is plenty of Brunate character, particularly on the finish, where menthol, pine, resin, spices and a host of other balsamic notes speak with great eloquence. Marcarini harvested Brunate on September 24 and 25. The wine saw 15 days of fermentation, followed by another 42 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: 2017-2027. 94 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”


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