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 2012 Barolo Perno revealed an open and fleshy personality when I sampled it. This points to the warmth of the 2012 vintage. With fruit harvested closer to the winery in Monforte d'Alba, this Barolo initially shows a dry personality with pressed tones of wild berry and red rose petal. It also reveals a fluid or flexible side, which means the wine takes on more volume quite rapidly once poured from the bottle. The finish shows tannin firmness and solid structure with cola, licorice and dried herb on the long finish.