The 2005 vintage of this wine was ranked #7 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2009
Noble and generous, glory of old Piedmont, a wine suitable for long aging, Barolo is
the absolute master of the table. It conquers the palate with the conviction of
strength, harmony and fullness and holds its sway at length. Barolo Marcenasco has
ancient origins. There are historical documents from the "Rigestum Comunis Albe" that bear witness to the cultivation of the Nebbiolo vine in the "Marcenascum" area
already back in the 12th Century. Barolo Marcenasco is smooth, balanced, elegant
and faithfully reflects the typical characteristics of the La Morra sub zone.
Tasting note: The color is an intense garnet red,with bouquet with traces of licorice and
tobacco. Full flavored, full-bodied and elegant.
Food matches: Red meats on the spit or grilled, game, "grande cuisine" white and
red meat dishes and aged cheeses.
"This is an untamed beast, showing more wild herb, raw beef and forest underbrush elements along with its black cherry and raspberry fruit. Distinctive and harmonious, though requires time to absorb its tannins. Best from 2015 through 2035. 1,900 cases imported."
"#1 in the Top 100 Wines of 2010!
Dark in color with a modern style and velvety extraction, teh gorgeous Marcenasco expression of Barolo is redolent of blackberries, cherries, spice, leather and tobacco. The finish is long and elegant but not without power and determination. Keep this wine cellared for ten years plus."
"Good full, dark red. Deep, ripe, highly aromatic nose combines black raspberry, currant, tar and licorice. Big, rich and sweet but with firm balancing acidity: lots of wine here in spite of being a bit youthfully closed today. Finishes with big, broad but suave tannins that build impressively as the wine opens in the glass. This large-scaled vintage required a later bottling, noted Ratti, who initially found the tannins to be too hard and wanted to wait for a better balance. He bottled these at the end of August, compared to the spring of 2008 for his 2005s."
International Wine Cellar
"Ratti's 2006 Barolo Marcenasco is a pretty wine loaded with La Morra character. Sweet red cherries, tar, licorice, spices, herbs and French oak are some of the nuances that come together in this lithe, feminine Barolo. Deceptively medium in body, the Marcenasco shows lovely palate presence that leads to a vibrant, well-articulated finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."
The Wine Advocate