2001 Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Margheria

Good deep red. Superripe aromas of raspberry and nutty oak. Sweet, lush and rich, with the nutty character carrying through on the palate. Large-scaled, full, silky Barolo with considerable early appeal. Finishes with ripe, sweet tannins and very good length.

89

2001 Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Marenca

Full red. Complex, mellow nose combines raspberry, cherry, woodsmoke and flowers. Then less fat, sweet and expressive in the mouth than the Margheria, with more obvious oakiness dominating the wine's fruit. Rather unforgiving today, with the tannins currently a bit dry.

87(+?)
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2001 Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Rionda

Good full red. Raspberry, menthol, mocha and nutty oak on the nose, with subtle nuances of smoke and earth. Suave and penetrating, with sneaky flavor intensity; strong red fruit character complicated by an enticing woodsy element. Very concentrated, fresh wine with lovely sweetness. Finishes very long and juicy, with ripe, building tannins. In the same quality league as the excellent '99 Vigna Rionda from this estate.

92

2000 Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Margheria

Medium red. Nuanced nose combines raspberry, strawberry, mocha, underbrush and nutty oak. Sweet and supple in the mouth, with strawberry and earth flavors. Has fat but could use more definition and lift. Finishes with substantial broad, dusty tannins.

87

2000 Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Marenca

($83) Medium red. Sweet, open-knit aromas of mocha and roasted nuts. Sweet and densely packed, with quickly developing flavors of mocha, minerals and spices. This has more mid-palate density to support its dusty but even tannins.

2000 Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Rionda

($113) Medium red. Superripe aromas of plum, spices, marzipan and nuts. Full, sweet and plummy, with good depth of flavor. Like the Margheria and the Marenca, not particularly primary, but this is classic Barolo. The dusty tannins reach the front teeth. (Marc de Grazia; numerous importers, including Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; Vin Divino, Chicago, IL; and Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael, CA)

91
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