Top Barolos and Barbarescos: Ian D'Agata's best buys

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Discussions of wine style in Piedmont traditionally focused on 'traditional' or 'modern' approaches. Now attention has shifted to single-vineyard expressions, and wines which speak clearly of their origin. See Ian D'Agata's top Barolos and Barbarescos here...
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Giorgio Scarzello, Vigna Merenda, Barolo 2004

Giorgio Scarzello, Vigna Merenda, Barolo 2004
Vigna Merenda is part of Sarmassa, along with Cannubi the only other true grand cru in the Barolo commune. Sarmassa gives bigger, meatier wines, with hints of earth and tar. Weighty and concentrated but with acidity to balance the richness. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
Price £41 Weaver’s of Nottingham
Drink 2013–2020
Alc 13.5%