A racy Barolo, the 2011 Margheria hits the palate with dark red and black cherries, smoke, tobacco, licorice, new leather and cloves. The rich, boisterous personality of the year comes through in spades in a relatively fleshy, opulent Serralunga Barolo that should drink well with minimal cellaring. Next to the Parafada, the Margheria presents a more horizontal expression of tannin and structure, yet at the same time the fruit is more overt.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2031
Robert Parker 93
With fruit from Serralunga d’Alba, the 2011 Barolo Margheria benefits from luminous western and southern exposures. The heavy, dense soils of the Margheria vineyard have helped to shape an opulent expression of Nebbiolo that boasts dark color and concentration. Sweet aromas of dried blackberry and cherry lift from the glass, followed by exotic spice, balsam herb and toasted espresso bean. This a Barolo with very broad shoulders that will evolve slowly over the next decade.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030
Serralunga d’Alba. Deep ruby. Gorgeously deep red cherry fruit with just a touch of sweet oak spice and a darker more savoury note – not quite liquorice. Very dry, firm, fine almost powdery tannins. Elegant and very dry on the finish. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2032