95pt Decanter GianPierro Marrone Barolo DOCG 2013

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The king of wines, and wine of kings, Barolo’s reputation isn’t easy to uphold, but Gian Piero Marrone does it without missing a beat. Situated on prime real estate in La Morra amongst the appellations’ best-known producers (including Giacomo Conterno, Altare, Ratti, and Mascarello) Marrone takes a traditional approach to the finicky Nebbiolo grape, yielding wines of incredible concentration and longevity, at a price point that puts its neighbors to shame.

Grown and vinified by the 4th-generation stewards of top-notch Nebbiolo vineyards, Marrone’s pedigree is indisputable, and this juice speaks for itself with layer after layer of perfumey spice, and tannins for days. From the heart of the La Morra subregion, the estate is guided by Gian Piero and his three daughters, with help from Piedmont’s most sought-after winemaker, and the architect behind Conterno and Mascarello’s iconic releases. The 2013 vintage in Barolo got all the hype--and it was warranted! Critic Antonio Galloni called the year “super-classic,” and these wines are just coming into their own now.