Vineyard: The Santo Stefano vineyard in Perno in Monforte d'Alba.
Orientation: West, southwest. 300m in elevation.
Soil: Clayey-sandy, calcareous, composed of brown clay and grey sand of marine origin.
Viticulture: Harvested by hand in the first two weeks in October
Vinification: Traditional, floating cap fermentation for 15-20 days.
Aging: The wine is aged in large Slovenian oak casks for 36 months.
Notes: This vineyard has been owned by the Mascarello family since 1989.
Publication: Wine advocate
The Giuseppe Mascarello 2011 Barolo Perno Vigna Santo Stefano is an opulent and fruit-forward Nebbiolo that shows the ripe side of Monteforte d'Alba. The wine exhibits richness and softness and other succulent characteristics that are correctly associated with the hot 2011 vintage. But this estate always shows a deft hand, most especially when it comes to bringing out the elegance and grace of Nebbiolo. You get those qualities here in the context of a warm vintage.