Barolo di Barolo DOCG 2012

Marchesi di Barolo

Terroir: This particular Barolo is made up exclusively of a blend of the various Barolos obtained from the historic vineyards owned by Marchesi di Barolo located in the municipality of Barolo, namely: Cannubi, Sarmassa, Coste di Rose, Castellero, Boschetti, Preda, Vignane and Ravera. Vineyards are cultivated using the Guyot system on hills with favorable slopes and terrains of medium consistency. The soils contain substantial amounts of quartz sand.

Vinification: Grapes, harvested by hand, are destalked and soft-pressed. The must is fermented at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks 28-30° degrees C. (82-86° F.). The skins are macerated for 8 days, depending on the vintage, with racking of the wine when fermentation has been completed. The next malolactic fermentation ends within December.

A certain amount of these Barolo Crus, each vinified and aged separately, are combined in a traditional Slavonian oak cask and allowed to mature for an additional 12 months in bottle before being released onto the market. Each year, therefore, the winemaker has the opportunity to choose the amount of each individual cru to be used for the blend so as to achieve the best “Cuvèe” according to the characteristics of the individual vineyards and the climatic conditions of the vintage. The Barolo of the Commune of Barolo reaches its maturity 6 years after the harvest while its plateau of maturation typically takes place somewhere between 6 and 30 years.

Additional Information

Garnet-red in color with ruby reflections. An intense odor with clean scents of roses, vanilla, roasted hazelnuts, licorice and spices. Full, elegant, full-bodied and austere flavor with recurring hints of the olfactory sensations. Pleasant touch of tar and oaky notes in perfect equilibrium.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Barolo DOCG
  • Winemaker: Flavio Fenocchio
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Sand
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.9g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 2.5g/l
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Nebbiolo

Recent Press

  • Score: 92 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
    "Very attractive aromas of dark berries, leather, dried soil and smoked meat. Full body with chewy tannins on the palate that are buttressed with lots of berries and cocoa powder, too. Showing very pretty tertiary character. Drink or hold."
  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Spectator Online Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
    "Cherry, plum, menthol, licorice and floral aromas and flavors are the highlights of this sleek, focused red. The tannins are well-integrated. Extends on the firm, resonant finish. Best from 2019 through 2033. 450 cases imported."
  • Score: 91 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Monday, November 21, 2016
    "Aromatic Barolo with walnut, lemon rind and light plum character. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a tangy finish. Light dusty texture. Better in 2018 but delicious now."
  • Score: 89 Points

    Vinous Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
    "The 2012 Barolo del Comune di Barolo is fleshy and open-knit, all qualities that make it a good choice for current drinking. Succulent red cherry, tobacco, spice and dried flowers meld into the mid-weight, juicy finish in this approachable, mid-weight Barolo from vineyards in the town of Barolo itself."
  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Kerin O'Keefe
    Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016
    "Aromas of cellar floor, menthol and a balsamic note lead the way. On the palate, notes of vanilla, espresso and star anise accent raw cherry while astringent tannins clench the finish."
  • Score: 88 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    "Here's the newest edition of one of Piedmont's most recognized and celebrated labels. The 2012 Barolo exhibits ripe fruit tones with strawberry and dried cherry at the forefront. Those ripe aromas are out of character for this wine but in line with the warm vintage. It's not easy to discern the complexity that is inherent to Nebbiolo in a vintage like this. In the mouth, the wine offers a fleeting sense of cherry sweetness followed by sudden tannic firmness. Drink this Barolo over the next ten years."

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