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The 2008 Barolo Marcenasco isa pretty, up-front Barolo that is best enjoyed for its exuberant, open personality. It shows lovely delineation in its dark red fruit, smoke, licorice and spices. Today the French oak is a bit intrusive, suggesting the wine may not have quite enough stuffing to go the distance. That probably won’t matter much, as most bottles will long have been enjoyed by the time that becomes an issue. The juicy, fleshy style should remain appealing for at least a handful of years. With time in the glass the wine shows signs of increasing finesse, but I would still suggest drinking it sooner rather than later. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2018. ”
Rich and smooth, with a base of assertive tannins underneath. The cherry, balsamic and tar flavors start out with the fleshy texture and linger with the dusty tannins. Offers a long, minerally aftertaste. Best from 2017 through 2032.—B.S.