Aromas of ripe fruit and dried flowers follow through to a full-bodied palate, with chewy tannins. A bit tart and lean, but will come around.
Author: James Suckling
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90
Moderately saturated bright red. Somewhat sauvage aromas of dried red berries, game, leather and dried flowers. Broad and dense but presently a bit tough in the mouth, with the dried flower element recurring. Juicy acids and substantial, rough tannins call for extended cellaring. Marcarini produced less than half as much Barolo in '96 as in '97.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2000
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
The first thing that came to mind when I smelled the 1996 Barolo La Serra was brandy-macerated cherries. The wine's medium ruby color is deceptive in view of its concentration. This showy 1996 Barolo offers abundant quantities of sweet black cherry fruit intermixed with high octane, concentrated, spice box characteristics, medium to full body, fine opulence, and a long, lush, powerful finish that undoubtedly conceals more tannin than exhibited. It should drink well for 10-15 years.