2014 Brunate Barolo DOCG 375ml

Nebbiolo •Brunate

Italy: Piedmont

Offer Expired:Nov 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm
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Mission Briefing



Hmm… what is the Cellar Stocker Event missing?


You got it! How about splits again, from the mythical Brunate vineyard for just 25 bucks?!

Jump on this one first we suggest, then come back to check out this cool Vinous video special here from the top producers who brilliantly walk us through the Legend of Brunate.

Yeah, the very same source by Rinaldi for example, another traditionalist like Marcarini, fetches $200+ a bottle IF you can find some. This Cru is the epitome of the longevity and intensity of Nebbiolo that make Barolo, Barbaresco, and Piedmont one of the epicenters of classic collectibles. Imagine having these half bottles around for ANY weeknight that calls for a Barolo, could pop one or a few every night!

Marcarini was the first to bottle a single-vineyard Brunate back in 1958 and well-kept examples of that wine are said to still drink like a dream. The brilliant reviews below seem to have overlooked what a little extra time in the bottle can do to these youthfully tannic beasts, they do mellow out faster than modern examples can. That is the case here, as the descriptors of etherealness are spot on.

We’d certainly add a few points to these scores today, elevating it to what Vinous says, “Marcarini remains one of the best values in traditionally made, cellar-worthy Barolo. His Brunate is fabulous… The estate’s Barolos remain some of the most fairly priced, traditionally made wines in Piedmont.”

By “fairly priced” Galloni means under $100. Brunate for $25 a split is unheard of. Except for a fast and furious Black Friday Cellar Stocker run, only on The Wine Spies.

Carpe diem Operatives!

91 Points – Wine Spectator

“Like a garden after rain, this smells like mint, floral, dusty cherry and wet earth. Licorice and sandalwood notes chime in as this builds to a lingering aftertaste. Elegantly rustic, in a traditional style. Best from 2022 through 2035.”

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast

“Star anise, clove and menthol aromas come to the forefront on this vibrant red. It’s taut and linear, offering sour cherry, pomegranate and licorice alongside firm acidity and tight, polished tannins. Drink 2020–2026.”

90 Points – Decanter

“The sweet, intense raspberry nose has purity of fruit and finesse. It’s quite concentrated, with a sleek, seamless texture and considerable weight of fruit. Moderate tannins give some structure, though this is no heavyweight. Quite long.”

Tasting Profile


A magnificent garnet-red color with intense ruby-red reflections, of correct intensity and tonality


Composite, rich, full, and persistent, with hints of balsamic, menthol, sweet spices, tobacco, mountain hay, and underbrush


Impressive taste sensations reveal the wine’s imperious, noble, and warm


Smooth, while presenting a velvety character, the aromas and flavors are long and intense


Serve with traditional fare in crystal glasses with very large bowls

What the Winery Says

Armando Cordero
Proprietor / grower
Manuel Marchetti
100% Nebbiolo
La Morra, Barolo DOCG, Piedmont
Cru Brunate
Kober 5BB – 420 A
Plant density
4,000 plants per hectare
300 m above sea level
South to southwest
Calcareous, argillaceous with magnesium
Vine age
Planted 1978-1987
24 months
100% neutral 20-40hl Slovenian oak casks

About the Winery

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