Barolo Riserva della Casa DOCG 2012

Marchesi di Barolo

Terroir: The grapes come exclusively form the best vineyards belonging to the Marchesi of Barolo. The low Guyot trellised system is used on moderately inclined hills which consist of soils particularly rich in clay and limestone. This type of soil is very compact, forcing the vine to dig deep in search of water. The result is particularly sparse bunches with small berries that give the wines an abundance of minerals and rich tannins.

Vinification: The grapes are handpicked then, after being removed from the stalks, they are soft pressed. Fermentation’s temperature is controlled in thermo-conditioned tanks. Maceration of 10-12 days with pump-overs. Wine is transferred to cork-insulated cement tanks where post-fermentation temperatures (72ºF) are maintained and malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously. The wine is aged for 3 years in the traditional Slavonian oak casks, (of 30, 120, 180 hectolitres). The wine is then aged an additional 3 years in the bottle prior to been released under the name of Riserva. Conserved in a cool, dark cellar, this wine has an aging potential of 25-30 years.

Additional Information

Deep ruby red with orange highlights. An intense rose bouquet with scents of liquorice and spice. Full bodied, austere, yet elegant. A pleasant “goudron” becomes noticeably apparent after 7-8 years of aging. Rich, dry and deep in flavor, Barolo is an excellent accompaniment to red meats and spicy cheeses.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Barolo DOCG
  • Winemaker: Flavio Fenocchio
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Clay, Limestone
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.2g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 2.1g/l
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Nebbiolo

Recent Press

  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
    Maturing nicely, this red's plum, cherry, eucalyptus and iron aromas and flavors are coming to the fore. There are still dense, dusty tannins, yet even these have mellowed, making for a more harmonious experience. Excellent length. Drink now through 2040. 583 cases made, 75 cases imported.
  • Score: 93 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021
    "This edition of 8,000 bottles is part of the estate's late-release program that lets us dig back into the Marchesi di Barolo historic cellars. From a hot summer that saw ruthless, dry heat and strong winds from Africa carrying the red sands of the Maghreb, the 2012 Barolo Riserva has evolved into a very nice wine indeed, with licorice, dried currant, dried mint and iron ore. This is a terrific step back in time. It ends a bit heavy, but it has aged quite gracefully, so enjoy it now."
  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Kerin O'Keefe
    Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
    "This opens with aromas of black-skinned berry, eucalyptus and a whiff of cedar. The savory, balanced palate offers dried black cherry, clove and tobacco alongside fine-grained tannins and firm acidity. Drink 2021–2030."

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