Robert Parker 94
This vineyard is located in Serralunga d’Alba, where the soils are rich with clay and limestone. Vines are 50 years old, on average. The 2013 Barolo Margheria is a terrific wine with broad shoulders and a fully loaded, exuberant personality. The bouquet is dark and gristly in places with aromas of dark cherry followed by smoked bacon fat and cured tobacco. These are classic characteristics of this vineyard site, and they come through with absolute clarity in this classic vintage. There is a pronounced mineral note of campfire ash and pencil shaving as well.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
The 2013 Barolo Margheria shows its typically high-toned, aromatic profile. Scents of lavender, sage, mint, leather and earthiness meld into a core of dark stone fruits. Veins of bright acidity and salinity give the flavors an extra kick of brightness on the finish. The relatively high-altitude of this site and the limestone-rich soils yield a brilliant, salivating Barolo. The Margheria was aged in cask.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2033
Serralunga d’Alba. Tasted blind. Mid ruby with orange tinges. Medicinal hints on the nose but otherwise firmly locked. Sweet and intense yet backward on the attack followed by mouth-filling tannins and generous acidity. Far from being ready, but well balanced. (WS)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038