Mascarello Giuseppe e Figlio

Strada del Grosso 1
12060 Castiglione Falletto (Cuneo)
Ph. +39 0173.792126 Fax +39 0173.792124
mauromascarello@mascarello1881.com
www.mascarello1881.com

“The Wine Advocate” Year 2007

• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2006 DOLCETTO D’ALBA BRICCO – PIEDMONT – ($27.00) – RED – 87
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2006 DOLCETTO D’ALBA SANTO STEFANO DI PERNO – PIEDMONT – ($22.00) – RED – 89
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2004 BARBERA D’ALBA SCUDETTO – PIEDMONT – (not available) – RED – 89
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2006 LANGHE NEBBIOLO – PIEDMONT – ($39.00) – RED – 90
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2001 BAROLO RISERVA CA’ D’ MORISSIO – PIEDMONT – (not available) – RED – 96+
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2004 BAROLO VILLERO – PIEDMONT – (not available) – RED – 92
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2004 BAROLO SANTO STEFANO DI PERNO – PIEDMONT – (not available) – RED – 94
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2004 BAROLO MONPRIVATO – PIEDMONT – (not available) – RED – 96

Mauro Mascarello is one of the most fascinating personalities in Piedmont. He is also arguably the longest-tenured active winemaker in the Langhe, having been directly responsible for all aspects of production at his family’s estate since 1970, which makes him an invaluable resource on the traditions of the region. Today’s younger generation of high-end producers speak with great reverence about Mascarello and even more so about his father Gepin who was a legend in these parts. Mascarello was an internationally-renowned producer decades before today’s big names were even making wines under their own labels. Twenty years ago, Mascarello’s signature Barolo Monprivato was one of the most expensive Barolos on the market. Then the new-age style became dominant during the 1990s and the estate languished in perception, but not quality. In recent times Mascarello has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity which is long overdue. Prices have gone up, but the Barolo Monprivato in particular remains a steal relative to other worldclass wines. Monprivato is one of the handful of Italian wines than can hold its own with the best being made anywhere in the world. The 2006 Dolcetto d’Alba Bricco is a rustic, old style wine loaded with ripe dark fruit supported by sturdy tannins. The wine shows some awkward herbal notes at the outset that slightly fade with aeration. As gorgeous as the fruit is here, this is a style that is likely to appeal most to lovers of traditionally made wines. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2012. The 2006 Dolcetto d’Alba Santo Stefano di Perno reveals notable depth in its ripe dark fruit. The structure and minerality of this Monforte vineyard is quite present as this powerful Dolcetto reveals its intense and muscular personality. As is often the case wilh Mascarello’s Dolcettos the traditional style is borderline with what most tasters (me included) are likely to find acceptable in terms of the wines aromatics. This Dolcetto needs some serious aeration to clean up, yet the richness of fruit is remarkable. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2012. The estate’s 2004 Barbera d’Alba Scudetto is a perfumed wine that is all about detail and clarity in its small red fruits, spices and licorice. This refined medium-bodied wine provides an excellent contrast to Mascarello’s other Barbera, the decidedly muscular Codana. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2014. The 2006 Langhe Nebbiolo would make a great house Nebbiolo or wine by the glass in a restaurant as it has tons of varietal character woven into its medium-bodied frame. This poor-man’s (or woman’s) Barolo offers up tons of floral tones, red fruits, spices and licorice. The tannins are firm, but the heat of the vintage has yielded just enough fleshiness to provide balance. The finish is long, clean and absent some of the awkward notes that young wines often show at this property. Mascarello’s Langhe Nebbiolo is a gem in 2006. This is a spectacular effort at its level. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016. The 2004 Barolo Villero presents a light to medium-bodied expression of Nebbiolo. Silky, refined tannins support a soft core of sweet raspberries, strawberries and spices. Although the wine put on weight in the glass, this remains a relatively round, approachable wine in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2024. The 2004 Barolo Santo Stefano di Perno is a dramatic, large-scaled wine packed with vibrant dark fruit, menthol, violet and sweet spices. Fresh floral notes linger on the long finish. This bottling can sometimes come across as somewhat rustic, but in 2004 it is remarkably elegant, all while preserving the qualities of this unique Monforte vineyard. The Santo Stefano di Perno is the under the radar gem in this lineup. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. Mascarello’s 2004 Barolo Monprivato is an explosive wine with an almost Pinot-like expression of purity in its fruit. This round, sweet Barolo is extremely primary at this stage, with tons of dense fruit that almost cover the wine’s glass, rounding out this majestic wine. Monprinvato is one of the world’s very finest values in collectible, age-worthy wine, and the 2004 is another classic in the making. I was blown away by this wine’s sheer balance and harmony, both of which are remarkable considering the wine’s age. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034. The 2001 Barolo Riserva Ca’ d’ Morissio reveals extraordinary purity and elegance in its suggestion of raspberries, flowers, licorice, mint and sweet spices. Even at seven years of age it remains an incredibly primary, fresh wine with silky-textured tannins and notable finesse. Mascarello’s wines often put on considerable weight in the bottle and I expect the same to happen here. The Ca’ d’ Morissio is made from a one-hectare plot in the Monprivato vineyard palnted with a special variety of the Michet Nebbiolo clone which is known to yield especially structured, age-worthy wines. There are only about 2,500 bottles of this wine, a tiny production per hectare by any measure. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2041. Importer Doug Polaner, Polaner Selection. Mt Kisco, NY; (914) 244-0404; The Rare Wine Co. Sonoma, CA; tel (707) 996-4484