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2000 Marchesi di Barolo Barbaresco Riserva Grande Annata

2011/03/31
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I was in the mood for a nice Nebbiolo yesterday and thought it was time to check in on the 2000 Marchesi di Barolo Barbaresco Riserva Grande Annata. Marchesi di Barolo is a historically significant producer in the Langhe that reaches back to the 19th century. Although the winery changed hands most recently in 2006, it produces wines of good quality, especially when considering one-and-a-half million bottles leave the estate annually (across all labels).

I have a soft spot for this producer’s Barolo Riserva Grande Annata and Barbaresco Riserva Grande Annata, in particular for the numerous bottles of the former’s 1990 vintage I carried back from Alba. While single-vineyard Baroli and Barbareschi have been en vogue for some time, I still enjoy the merits of a blended Barolo as it can make for a more complete wine if handled properly. The Barbaresco Riserva is just that, aged for two years in a combination of Slavonian oak casks and French oak barriques, followed by a year in concrete vats. As per DOCG requirements, the wine is aged a further two years in bottle before release.

  • 2000 Marchesi di Barolo Barbaresco Riserva Grande Annata – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco (3/30/2011)Decanted 30 minutes, consumed over the following three hours. Medium-garnet colour. Pretty nose of dried roses, dried cherries, saddle leather, aniseed, tea, and strawberries. Medium-bodied, with good acidity. Dried red fruits (cherries, strawberries, currant), tea, and earth on the palate. Moderate-length finish, ~35s. More expressive on the nose than on the palate, this wine could still benefit from a couple more years in the cellar, but it can be consumed now. Tannins are integrating nicely at this point. 91+, drink now-2018. (91 points)
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