Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato
|Bottle sizes:||750 ML, 1.5 L|
|Vineyard:||The Mauro Mascarello family MONPRIVATO vineyard is located in the village of Castiglione Falletto, and is a classic prime medium-hillside site stretching over six hectares (15 acres) at 280 metres above sea level, in the heart of the Barolo wine-growing area. It is historic vineyard, as is confirmed by old land registry archives dating back to 1666.|
|Soil:||Silty, calcareous, packed with active limestone, composed of blue-grey marl of marine formation from the Helvetian era of the Miocene epoch, Tertiary period.|
|Viticulture:||Hand harvested towards the middle of October. Estate-grown bunches thinned during the summer undergo traditional-style, floating cap fermentation for 20/25 days.|
|Vinification:||Estate-grown bunches thinned during the summer undergo traditional-style, floating cap fermentation for 20/25 days.|
|Aging:||The wine is then matured in medium-sized Slavonian oak barrels for around 38 months.|
The 2012 Barolo Monprivato is a polished and bright wine that delivers a profound and beautiful array of delicate aromas. These tiny, petite threads of cherry, wild berry, ash, smoked spice and grilled herb converge with unity to produce the intensity and purpose that ultimately defines this beautiful wine. I tasted from two bottles at the winery. One had been opened a few days prior, and the second one's cork was pulled immediately before I sampled it. This review is based on my impressions from both bottles: The first one sang loud and the second revealed a muted voice. There's no doubting that this wine needs at least ten more years to evolve. Having said that, I don't think 2012 has the extreme depth and focus we've seen from this vineyard in slightly cooler vintages.
A mélange of floral, berry, licorice, spice and tobacco aromas and flavors signals this stylish, well-structured red. Lively and intense, with a resonant aftertaste of fruit, iron and tar. Shows fine harmony and length. Best from 2022 through 2038.