Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca 2013
There are just two cantinas that produce estate-bottled wine from the 6ha Marenca cru: Luigi Pira and Gaja. Pira has the largest holding in this cru with 2.2ha. 100% Nebbiolo grown in calcareous clay soils. Fermentation and maceration on the skins for 7-10 days. The wine is aged for 1 year in barrique and 1 year in large oak cask followed by 1 year in bottle before release.
Established in the early 1950s, at first the estate only produced and sold grapes. Later on, wine was produced and sold in bulk to local negociants. Only a few years ago the estate started ageing and bottling its own wines. Giampaolo Pira recently took the reins at his family’s eight-hectare estate, overseeing the cellars while brother Romolo and father Luigi maintain the vineyards. Pira’s holdings are in the three most prestigious crus in the Serralunga commune: "Margheria," "Marenca," and "Rionda."