Another incredible Barolo from Paolo Manzone, the Serralung d'Alba, was our top-selling Barolo this year, and we are back with another impressive bottle. This time we are featuring Manzone's top Cru, Meriame, which lies at 350 meters of elevation with a southeast exposure from vines that are 70 years old. The soil here is calcareous with clay providing a dense core of fruit, excellent structure, and impressive purity. This is another classic wine that is hard to pass up in a vintage like 2016, completely over-delivering on price with the structure to age for a decade or more. Paolo Manzone has almost no exposure here in the USA, keeping the pricing down, and is a producer to keep an eye on in the future for more tremendous values. The best buy for Cru Barolo and an excellent choice for those looking to grab more of this incredible vintage without a hefty price tag.
Decanter (Stephen Brook) [Blind Tasting] 94 points! "In some vintages Manzone's wines can show some overripeness and cooked characters, but not in 2016. His top Serralunga site is Meriame, where he owns 1.5 ha of 70-year-old vines. Aged both in casks and tonneaux, the raspberry nose is subdued but the palate is dense and compact, with assertive yet not harsh tannins. There's vibrant fruit here supported by good acidity that delivers a long finish with some finesse."