Mascarello Giuseppe e Figlio

Strada del Grosso 1
12060 Castiglione Falletto (Cuneo)
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“The Wine Advocate” Year 2009

• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2007 DOLCETTO D’ALBA BRICCO – CASTIGLIONE FALLETTO – ($27.00) – RED – 87
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2007 LANGHE NEBBIOLO – CASTIGLIONE MONFORTE – ($39.00) – RED – 90
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2006 BARB. D’ALBA SUP. SANTO STEFANO DI PERNO – MONFORTE D’ALBA – ($40.00) – RED – 91
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2006 BARBERA D’ALBA SUPERIORE CODANA – CASTIGLIONE FALLETTO – ($50.00) – RED – 92
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2005 BARBERA D’ALBA SUPERIORE SCUDETTO – MONFORTE D’ALBA – ($30.00) – RED – 90
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2005 LANGHE FREISA TOETTO – CASTIGLIONE FALLETTO – ($20.00) – RED – 89
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2001 LANGHE STATUS – CASTlGLIONE FALLETTO – (unavailable) – RED – 88
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2005 BAROLO SANTO STEFANO DI PERNO – MONFORTE D’ALBA – (unavailable) – RED – 92
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2005 BAROLO MONPRIVATO – CASTIGLIONE FALLETTO – ($112.00) – RED – 94
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2003 BARO. RSRV. MONPRIVATO CÀ D’MORISSIO – CASTIGLIONE FALLETTO – (unavailable) – RED – 95

Proprietor Mauro Mascarello has turned out two very pretty 2005 Barolos, but did not bottle his Villero as he waited until after the rains to pick the fruit and by that time the quality in the vineyard had been compromised. There is also no Cà d’Morissio in 2005, as that juice was blended into the Monprivato. Although Mascarello is best known for his Barolos, his entry level wines also merit serious consideration. Although Mascarello’s Barberas aren’t as well-priced as they once were, they are capable of delivering tons of class and elegance. Readers who want to learn more about this iconic Barolo estate may want to check out my recent article on www.erobertparker.com. The 2007 Dolcetto d’Alba Bricco is a very pretty wine laced with perfumed red fruit. Most of the intensity is up front as the wine’s persistence drops of a bit on the mid-palate. The Bricco remains a very traditional style of Dolcetto, but in 2007 the sheer vibrancy of the fruit helps balance some of the more rustic elements that are present. This is a very beautiful vintage for the Bricco. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2013. Mascarello’s 2007 Langhe Nebbiolo is a supremely elegant offering redolent of perfumed red fruit. As it sits in the glass the wine shows lovely inner perfume in its roses, spices and raspberries. Sweet, ripe tannins make the Langhe Nebbiolo utterly delicious and approachable today, but with some bottle age it might very well develop further complexity. Mascarello fans will not want to miss this suave, finessed Langhe Nebbiolo. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2017. The 2006 Barbera d’Alba Superiore Santo Stefano di Perno is quite possibly the finest vintage of this wine I have ever tasted. All of the elements come together beautifully. The wine opens up to reveal bright ripe fruit and expressive aromatics, showing superb clarity and detail. The slightly herbal qualities the Santo Stefano typically presents are beautifully balanced in this vintage. The 2006 Barbera Santo Stefano is another wine Mascarello fans will not want to miss. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2016. The 2006 Barbera d’Alba Superiore Codana is yet another brilliant wine from Mauro Mascarello. In this vintage the Codana achieves remarkable purity while remaining light on its feet. Ripe red berries, minerals, flowers and herbs linger on the refined, elegant finish which emerges from a wine that transcends variety. Although delicious today, readers who enjoy more tertiary notes will want to cellar the Codana for a few years. This roughly 1,000 bottle lot spends 12-14 months in a single medium-size 7 hectoliter barrel. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2016. The 2005 Barbera d’Alba Superiore Scudetto lacks the brightness and clarity that informs Mascarello’s 2006 Barberas but it compensates for that with a round, soft enveloping core of perfumed fruit. This silky, accessible Barbera is likely to offer its best drinking over the near term. Sweet roses, tar and licorice linger on the close. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2013. The 2005 Langhe Freisa Toetto is simply beautiful for its vibrant, perfumed fruit. There isn’t a ton of complexity here, but the wine impresses for its terrific balance and harmonious personality. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2013. The 2001 Langhe Status (Nebbiolo, Barbera, Freisa) is pretty and refined in its raspberries, flowers and minerals. This medium-bodied, graceful red is still quite fresh and should continue to drink well for at least another few years. The finish is long, silky and subtle. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2013. The 2005 Barolo Santo Stefano dl Perno reveals a pretty core of dark fruit, herbs and spices in a medium-bodied style. This round, harmonious Barolo should drink nicely with a minimum of cellaring. The integrity of the fruit and the inner perfume of the 2005 are gorgeous and in this vintage the wine shows none of the angular edges that are present at times. With air, the wine gains volume and comes together very nicely. This is a gorgeous and very pure Santo Stefano from Mauro Mascarello. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. The 2005 Barolo Monprivato is a very pretty, harmonious wine endowed with tons of purity in its fruit. All of the telltale aromas and flavors of Monprivato are there – geraniums, roses, spices and flowers but backed up by quite a bit of heft and body as well. Today, the 2005 Monprivato is quite tannic, but it should come around with a few more years in bottle. In some ways, the 2005 reminds me of the 1999, another vintage in which the Cà d’Morissio was not produced. Monprivato is typically one of the hardest wines to accurately assess when young, and only time will tell what heights it ultimately reaches. For now, the future certainly seems bright. This is a mysterious, seductive Monprivato that will be fascinating to follow. Mascarello was especially selective with his Monprivato and only bottled about 50% of his production. He also blended in the juice kept separately for the Cà d’Morissio, which in this vinfage is about 20% of the final blend as opposed to the more typical 10% in vintages when the Cà d’Morissio is produced. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035. The 2003 Barolo Rlserva Monprivato Cà d’Morissio is an incredible wine that deftly balances the ripeness and richness of the vintage, but with none of the hard, green tannins that plague virtually all of that vintage’s Barolos. The fruit is ripe, soft and generous, but always within the context of Monprivato. These poor, white soils and old vines have preserved a remarkable amount of freshness. While I don’t think the 2003 Cà d’Morissio will be one of the finest vintages of this wine, it is nevertheless undoubtedly very fine. My score reflects the ample room for improvement over time that Mascarello’s top wines almost always demand. The Monprivato vineyard has proven over time to yield great wines in hot vintages, and that is likely to be the case here as well. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030. Importers: Doug Polaner, Polaner Selections, Mt. Kisco, NY; tel. (914) 244-0404, The Rare Wine Co., Sonoma, CA; tel. (707) 996-4484