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2013 Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Sarmassa

ITEM 8150733 - Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased at auction

Bidder Amount Total
drinkin … $60 $60
davhe5 $60 $0
$55
Item Sold Amount Date
I8150733 1 $60 Mar 27, 2022
I8102940 3 $58 Jan 30, 2022
I8097011 1 $55 Jan 23, 2022
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RATINGS

96James Suckling

What a fantastic nose to this wine with aromas of roses, blackberries, strawberries and orange peel. Full-bodied, tight and focused with firm and racy tannins. It really shows a laser-guided backbone of acidity and tannin.

93The Wine Advocate

...robust and juicy expression...silky and smooth with bright aromas of wild berry, smoke, grilled herb and white truffle. These aromas are delivered with a steady hand. This is a finely textured expression that offers ample length and persistence.

93Wine Enthusiast

Black-skinned fruit, iris, espresso, dark spice and a balsamic note all meld together in the glass along with a whiff of chopped herb. The firmly structured palate doles out ripe black cherry, raspberry jam, toast, roasted coffee bean and a hint of oak-driven spice alongside fine-grained tannins.

92Wine Spectator

This red starts out with cherry, strawberry and floral notes, adding leather, underbrush and tobacco through the finish.

17Jancis Robinson

Barolo commune. Strong mushroom nose. Very friendly and stolid and straightforward. Savoury.

PRODUCER

Marchesi di Barolo

Marchesi di Barolo is a historic producer in Barolo, in Italy’s Piedmont region. The estate traces its lineage to the early 19th-century marriage of a French aristocrat, Giulia Vittorina Colbert, to an Italian aristocrat, the Marquis Carlo Tancredi di Barolo. By the mid-19th century the estate’s Barolos were highly sought after. Today the 250-acre estate is owned by the family of Ernesto Abbona. The winery produces Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and other varietals. Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading wine journal, calls the wines of Marchesi di Barolo “a lodestar in the vast constellation of Langhe wines.” Gambero Rosso has awarded the producer several 3 Bicchieri awards – the highest possible rating - for its Barolos.

REGION

Italy, Piedmont, Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.

TYPE

Red Wine, Nebbiolo

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.