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Reviews 94 points Wine Advocate "...opens with a crystalline, ruby color and shows extreme focus and precision. Rosehip, forest berry, wild mint, lightly toasted pine nut, dried ginger and underbrush all appear on the ever-changing bouquet. The wine is extremely finessed and silky on the close with beautiful menthol freshness at the end. (ML)" 94 points Vinous "Dried rose petals, fennel, anise, sweet tobacco and mint are all very much alive in the glass. The 2009 is ethereal, graceful and utterly beguiling from the very first taste. (AG)"
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About Bartolo Mascarello
At the core of Mascarello's winemaking philosophy is blending Nebbiolo grapes from various historic vineyards, a practice that ensures their Barolo captures the essence of the Piedmont terroir. This approach distinguishes Bartolo Mascarello from regional counterparts who focus on single vineyard wines. The winery also crafts other Italian reds like Dolcetto, Barbera, Freisa, and Langhe Nebbiolo, albeit in minute quantities.
Bartolo Mascarello stands as a beacon of traditional Barolo production since its foundation in 1918. Bartolo, deemed a barolista giant, remained unwavering in his dedication to traditional methods, fermenting with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats, employing "cappello sommerso" technique, and aging in neutral botti, with malolactic fermentation occurring naturally. His insistence on a blended Barolo, contrary to the popular single-cru approach, came from his belief in crafting a balanced Barolo from different vineyard characteristics.
Maria Teresa Mascarello, inheriting her father's philosophy, carries on this tradition. Her meticulous attention has refined the aromatic complexity and elegance of Bartolo Mascarello's wines. She exclusively sources Barolo from four celebrated Nebbiolo sites: Canubbi, San Lorenzo, Rué, and Rocche di La Morra. Barbera and Dolcetto are harvested from sections of San Lorenzo and Rué, respectively, less suited for Nebbiolo.
Under Maria Teresa's stewardship, the wines are fermented in old concrete tanks with simple temperature control. After pressing in a traditional basket press, the Barolo undergoes long aging in large Slavonian oak botti before bottling and subsequent release.
Cantina Bartolo Mascarello's wines are renowned as perhaps the most authentic expression of Nebbiolo. Their structural and aromatic classicism, coupled with exceptional age-ability, establishes them as a requisite staple to any world-class Italian cellar.