Mascarello Giuseppe e Figlio

Strada del Grosso 1
12060 Castiglione Falletto (Cuneo)
Ph. +39 0173.792126 Fax +39 0173.792124
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“The Wine Advocate”- Year 2007

• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2005 DOLCETTO D’ALBA SANTO STEFANO DI PERNO – ($20.00) – RED – 87
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2005 DOLCETTO D’ALBA BRICCO – (not available) – RED – 89
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2005 BARBERA D’ALBA SUPERIORE SANTO STEFANO DI PERNO – ($37.00) – RED – 90
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2005 BARBERA D’ALBA SUPERIORE CODANA – ($49.00) – RED – 91
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2003 BAROLO SANTO STEFANO DI PERNO – (not available) – RED – 92
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2003 BAROLO VILLERO – (not available) – RED – 90
• GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO – 2003 BAROLO MONPRIVATO – ($94.00) – RED – 93

Mauro Mascarello ls one of the few producers who prefers his 2003 Barolosto his 2001s as he finds they have more power and intensity while also maintaining finesse and a sense of classicism. The wines certainly have more power,but I am not sure I would agree they have more finesse. In any event, his 2003 Barolos are among the best of the vintage, in particular the Santo Stefano di Perno and Monprivato. I also tasted the 2003 Ca’ d’ Morissio from barrel a few months ago, and it is shaping up to be a remarkably rich wine very mueh in keeping with the style of the vintage. Mascarello hasn’t decided when he will release the 2001 Ca’ d’ Morissio, but it, too, is promising, as is his entire range of 2004 Barolos. The quirky 2005 Dolcetto d’Alba Santo Stefano di Perno offers wellarticulated aromatics and flavors, but also prominent herbal, green notes that are somewhat distracting. Younger vines and a higher percentage of day in the soils contribute to this wine’s personality. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2009. The 2005 Dolcetto d’Alba Bricco also present herbal overtones, but reveals a darjker color as well as additionalrichness in the fruit that provides a lovely conterpoint. Made in a powerfull, rustic style, this full bodied, structured Dolcetto is loadd with personality much of which comes from the older vines that are planted in these limestone rich soils. Anticipated maturity: 2007 2010. Mauro Mascarello’s Barbera s are among the vintage’s top wines. The 2005 Barbera d’Alba Superiore Santo Stefano di Perno is pure and focused, with notable detail in its fruit and a transparent, almost weightless personality. A pretty note of sweetness carries through all the way to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2010. the 2005 Barbera d’Alba Superiore Codana, form an old vine plot adjacent to Monprivato, is even better. While some vintages of this wine can come across as very concentrated, the 2005 remains light on its feed. Rich layer of sweet dark fruits, licorice, menthol and minerals graduallycome forth in a compelling dispay of sublime elegance. Readers who appreciate tradittionaly made Barberas won’t want tto miss this oustading effort. Anticipated Maturity: 2007 2015. Mascarello’s 2003 Barolo Santo Stefano di Perno is superb. It present gorgeus aromatics along with the essence of dried roses, dried cherries, herbes and spices. Made in a surprisingly seamless style, it possessed an open, forthcoming personality, oustanding length and polidhed tannis. The big question is wether it will shut down in the bottle. For now it remains sweet, harmonius and impossible to resist, even it to doesn’t give the impression of being especially long lived. Anticipated Maturity: 2007 2018. The 2003 Barolo Villero isn’t as convincing. It present a lovely core of a sweet fruit and the tipical mentholated, balsamic notes that are typical of this site, yet it comes across somewhat awkward in its aromatics and disjointed in structure. With air it improved, but only to a limited extent. The higher sand content in the vineyards vis a vis Santo Stefano and monprivato seems to have penalized the wine in the scorcing 2003 vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2008 2021. The 2003 Barolo Monprivato is made in an atypically big, powerfull style loadded with ripe ruit supported by plenty of structure. it boasts an encintic palate presence and a uniquely intense personality. the classic Monprivato notes of ripe cherries, roses, minerals, flower and herbe are prwesent, but they don’t have the cloarity and precision of the finest vintages. In 2003 Mascarello was more severe that normal in his green harvesting of the vineyards as whe wanted to lighten the load on his plant to reduce their stress. He was also helped considerably by thecompact, moisture- retentive soils. Readers who prefer more classically tyled version of Monprivato may want to revisit the 1999 and 2001. Anticipaetd maturity: 2008 2023. Importers: Doug Polaner, Polaner selections, Mt. Kisco, Ny; tel. (914) 244-0404, The Rare Wine Co., Sonoma, CA; tel. (707) 996-4484