World-renowned and defiantly traditional, the 12-hectare Marcarini estate can trace its roots back to in the mid-1800s, when Giuseppe Tarditi established his winery in La Morra, in the heart of the village. Today, it is run by the ebullient Manuel Marchetti along with his three children Elisa, Chiara and Andrea.
Based in central La Morra, with sweeping views over their vineyards below, this historic 19th-century cantina’s pride and joy is their two cru vineyards: La Serra and Brunate, both of which have featured in the Wine Spectator’s 100 Best Wines in the World. But there is evolution here: all three children are increasingly involved, with Elisa taking on more of the winemaking, while stricter selection in La Serra and Brunate has elevated these iconic wines ever higher.
This wine, the Barolo del Comune de La Morra, is a new wine for Marcarini, using selections from the crus La Serra and Brunate, to intensify these. Think of it a little like a 'second wine'. It sees a lighter maceration, but is aged exactly like the crus, with 24 months in large old botte. This has a fine, structured texture and a long finish.