Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 261,273 strong:

Register Today!

Want the secret to buying great wine?

286,106Wine Reviews
30Seconds to join

Poderi Elia 'Serracapelli' Barbaresco 2004 Wine Review

Poderi Elia 'Serracapelli' Barbaresco 2004

Poderi Elia 'Serracapelli' Barbaresco 2004

Barbaresco, Italy

  Add My Review

Price: $460.00

Drink: 2016-2020

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Reviews and Ratings

Keith Robinson reviewed this wine as follows:

AB SKU +731040

2004 Poderi Elia 'Serracapelli' Barbaresco

Price: $60

Availability: Co-op

Assessed by: Keith Robinson

Tasted: October 2014

Product Details: Barbaresco, Italy 14% ABV 100% Nebbiolo

Barbaresco is a commune in north-west Italy. Like its more famous neighbour, Barolo, Barbaresco wines are made from the Nebbiolo grape. Barbaresco is less well known perhaps because less is made – about half the production of Barolo.

Although neighbours, the climate and soils of the two areas differ slightly and, so the wines also characteristically differ. Barolo is said to be more masculine – powerful and needing longer aging to reveal its charms. Barbaresco is known as being more immediately enjoyable, feminine, and elegant. In fact the importer of Poderi Elias's wines describes the 04 Serracapelli as “stunningly elegant.” We shall see.

For more on my thoughts on elegance in wine see

Serracapelli is a single vineyard at the northern edge of the Neive village within Barbaresco.

The tasting: Decanted. Bright lifted cherry and violets on nose, hint of alcohol. Palate is all elbows and sharp objects – dislocated heavy tannins and harsh acids. Underlying fruit is strong but overwhelmed by the assault. Elegant? What is wrong with this wine? What is wrong with my palate? All I could think is the Serracapelli needs a hunk of rhinoceros meat, or maybe wooly mammoth to pair.

So I waited. Tasted with other professionals. They said it was boozy and out of balance. One said drinking it was like a roller coaster with twisted broken metal tracks.

So I waited. Six hours after decanting I taste again. Now we are talking. The Serracapelli is settled down. The elbows in my face become arms giving a warm, strong embrace. Nice wine but nothing like the stereotype Barbaresco.

When to drink: Wait! 2016 to 2020. Decant as long as possible – day ahead if you can (really).

Food pairing: If your butcher doesn't have Rhino or mammoth, pair with game.

If you liked the Poderi Elia 'Serracapelli' Barbaresco 2004, you might also like these wines:




Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

White Wine
Chenin Blanc 2016,
Stellenbosch W.O. ...

Natalie MacLean

Canada's Most Quoted Wine Writer

Natalie MacLean is editor of Canada's largest wine review web site, publishing hundreds of wine reviews every week for more than 261,273 members.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, the second was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Get access to all of her reviews today by becoming a member of her site.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a fiesty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  
Winner World's Best Drink Writer
Four-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award