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Average critic rating : 93.0 points
Slightly muddled upon first examination, the 2009 Barolo Marenca attains aromatic sharpness after a few brief moments the way a movie projector reaches focus on the big screen. This is a youthful and fleshy expression of Nebbiolo with a fruit-driven bouquet of cherry, wild berry and prune. With a few stern swirls of the glass, it reveals herbal tones with licorice and menthol notes. Those beautiful characteristics linger long on the palate. Marenca is firmly tannic with the bright acidity necessary for cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030. ||Gianpaolo Pira feels an enormous attachment to his land of origin, Serralunga d’Alba, with its vineyards, rolling landscapes and secret truffle locations. His goal is to produce wines that capture the spirit of his territory. Serralunga d’Alba is a wildly beautiful and dramatic corner of the Barolo appellation. It’s the most rustic and rugged of them all, and its vineyards usually produce the boldest expressions of Nebbiolo. He has largely succeeded at his task, although some wines are more elegant that others in 2009.||Various American Importers, including: De Grazia Imports, Republic; MO; tel. (417) 732-1668; Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; tel. (516) 677-9300; Robert Houde Wines, Park Ridge, IL; tel. (630) 422-1119 Wine Advocate.June, 2013
The other Pira. Established in the 1950s and blessed with holdings in Serralunga’s finest vineyards - Margheria, Marenca, and Rionda, the estate only started making their own bottlings in the 1990s.
The wines are bold, rich wines made by one of Piedmont’s most ambitious young winemakers.
“Giampaolo Pira’s Barolos are some of the most massive, rich wines readers are likely to come across, but they rarely fail to deliver the goods.” Antonio Galloni
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