Marcarini has always represented value, high quality and typicity to me. Three things you don't find together very often in Barolo or Barbaresco. There are but a handful of great traditional producers in the Langhe and I count Marcarini among them. This 5th generation family estate ion La Morra has holdings in prized sites in that commune, Brunate and La Serra, and was the first in the area to designate these vineyard, or cru names, on the labels in the 1950's.
Brunate from a source like Marcarini or the great Beppe Rinaldi is one of the few great Barolos that are seductive and even pleasurable when young but capable of great longevity. Thes wines have a lot in common with the best Volnay; velvet textures spice and sexy red fruit with a whiff of the telltale licorice found in the wines from the sandy soils of La Morra. The 2001is a classic, long lived terroir vintage and this one is just coming into its own.