($70-$90; this parcel in Castiglione Falletto, which Parusso describes as a |premier cru,| faces east and north and is usually picked late) Good full red. Cool aromas of currant, spices, rose petal and musky dried fruits. Pliant and spicy, with very good energy and cut. Not a big wine but boasts excellent precision and a juicy purity of flavor. The tannins are substantial but avoid dryness. (In fact, this one makes the normale seem dry.) |Not a large wine,| notes Parusso, who says that owing to the wine's typical oriental spice character he gave the 2003 release a rather exotic orange label.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88
Strawberry jam on the nose, with hints of lilac and other flowers. Full-bodied, with round yet chewy tannins and a long, mouthpuckering finish. Features rose and citrus fruit on the finish. A little disjointed.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
The 2004 Barolo Mariondino reveals the essence of tar, roses, violets, plums, prunes, herbs and sweet toasted oak. It is a delicate, pristine Barolo that offers outstanding length and notable harmony. The firmer tannins that are the hallmark of this site are evident, but they are superbly balanced by the wine's fruit and aromatics. This is a lovely Barolo from Marco Parusso.
There is a very distinct |ripe peach| aroma on the nose! Mouth-watering and luscious, nice balance with velvety tannins, and a smooth finish. Very unexpected for a Barolo - in a blind tasting, no one guessed that's what it was.