Cantina Bartolo Mascarello

Italy / piedmont

Producer Info

Cantina Mascarello Bartolo remains one of the most revered Barolo wine-making domaines. Founded in 1918, its reputation was secured by the late great Bartolo Mascarello and since 2005 by his daughter Maria-Teresa Mascarello, whose first vintage was in 1993.

The 5 hectare domaine lies in the Barolo village on prime sandy calcareous clay Tortonian soils, with the vineyards of Cannubi, San Lorenzo, Ruè, & Rocche del Annunziata (La Morra) at its heart. Only one Barolo wine is made, a blend of all the crus, along with some Dolcetto and Barbera.

The style remains staunchly traditional. Vinification takes place in fifty-year-old cement & wooden cuves, without recourse to yeast or temperature control. The Barolo is aged for approx. 3 years in 25 hl Slavonian botte (all recently replaced), followed by 1 year in bottle prior to release.

Maria-Teresa believes quite simply that the key to great wine is to produce the healthiest, ripest fruit possible. She would also describe herself as (bio) logic & (bio) dynamic!

Essentially organic but will resort to chemicals if absolutely necessary.

> Nothing currently available as demand exceeds supply.

 

Wines

Dolcetto d’Alba

Barbera d’Alba

Langhe Freisa

Langhe Nebbiolo

Barolo

 

Tasting Notes

Barolo 2013 – (Feb’17), 14%, focus, red/strawberry/kirsch raspberry, a mesh of alpine herbs, rosa canina tight, menthol fresh; such joy, flow, firm tannins, a pearl of gleaming red, detail, sotto spirito; shorter 3 wk maceration in 2013 due to thinner skins.

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