Marchesi Di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2013
Marchesi di Barolo‘s Sarmassa Barolo is full and elegant, tannic and long-lasting. It reaches maturity 8 years from harvest and its ageing potential is 8–30 years.
Deep garnet red colour. An intense bouquet of red cherry and dark plum fruit, wild rose, vanilla, liquorice and spices. Full-bodied and elegant, with aggressive tannins and a juicy acidity for the perfect balance. The palate offers ripe cherry, plum and currant fruit flavours with oak, leather, subtle tobacco and liquorice spice complements. Spicy, woody and just as Barolo should be.
100% Nebbiolo sourced from a single vineyard, Sarmassa. Sarmassa is located on a south-eastern facing slope. The mainly clay and limestone soils have a very substantial percentage of stones. The significant quantity of stones, combined with clay, limits the growth of the Nebbiolo grape. It prepares the vines to react quickly to climatic variations, enabling clusters to ripen perfectly.
After hand-harvesting, the grapes go through destemming and soft pressing. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature in thermo-regulated tanks. Maceration lasts for 10 days. Next, the wine is racked in cement tanks, which are lined with fibreglass and isolated by cork to maintain the post-fermentation temperature of 22°C. In this way, malolactic fermentation begins spontaneously and only ends after two months. The wine then ages for 2 years: a part in 30 hectolitre Slavonian oak barrels and the other part in small 225 litre French medium-toasted oak barrels. The two parts are blended in traditional big oak barrels. Finally, the wine completes its fining in bottle.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
What a fantastic nose to this wine with aromas of roses, blackberries, strawberries and orange peel. Full-bodied, tight and focused with firm and racy tannins. It really shows a laser-guided backbone of acidity and tannin. Serious all around. Drink in 2022.
The 2013 Barolo Sarmassa is a robust and juicy expression of Nebbiolo from a classic vintage. Aged in both barrique and botte grande, the wine is silky and smooth with bright aromas of wild berry, smoke, grilled herb and white truffle. These aromas are delivered with a steady hand. This is a finely textured expression that offers ample length and persistence.
Black-skinned fruit, iris, espresso, dark spice and a balsamic note all meld together in the glass along with a whiff of chopped herb. The firmly structured palate doles out ripe black cherry, raspberry jam, toast, roasted coffee bean and a hint of oak-driven spice alongside fine-grained tannins.
PANEL TASTING – 93 POINTS
Valentina Abbona describes the soil of the Sarmassa cru as ‘strong’. Her parcel sits on a steep, heavily eroded slope leaving just clay and stone, which curbs vigour. Aged in a combination of French oak barrique and large Slavonian oak cask, it offers rose tea, black raspberry and grilled herb notes. Despite youthful austerity, the tannins are refined and supported by plenty of flesh, along with an appetising minerality and juiciness. Drinking Window 2021 – 2037
This red starts out with cherry, strawberry and floral notes, adding leather, underbrush and tobacco through the finish. Elegant overall, showing balance in a sinewy, tensile way. Best from 2022 through 2036.