Newsletter: Mascarello 2-Pack

Newsletter: Mascarello 2-Pack

It's hard to overstate the importance of Cantina Mascarello. Back in 1990, Italy's Noble Red Wines author Sheldon Wasserman called Bartolo Mascarello’s hand-crafted Barolo “the single finest Barolo made.” And still today, years after his passing and the ascension of his daughter Maria Teresa to the Mascarello throne, the winery consistently ranks amongst the world's greats.

While the price of her Barolo easily eclipses three hundred dollars, she also produces two of Piedmont's top values; both of which are handled with as much attention, care and precision as the grand Barolo.

Make no mistake, today's offer features two über classic wines from one of the top wineries on the planet. While certainly drinkable now, these are two cuvées that can stand up to years in the cellar and are a fit for whatever meal is on your table. 

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Cantina Mascarello is one of the last of its kind. While others in the 60's and 70's were trying single-vineyard Baroli, Bartolo Mascarello reaffirmed his support of a blended Barolo. When the use of french Barriques came into vogue in the 80s and 90s, Mascarello put 'No Barrique' on his label and continued to use the massive Botti. Both choices show his dedication to the idea of Barolo: the wine that has come to define Piedmont and brought so much fame to the area.

Maria Teresa has continued his crusade, defending Piedmont's wines from modern interpretations that seek to change the region's most identifiable bottles. After her father's passing in 2005, she became head of the estate, and has continued to make staunchly traditional wines that will stand the test of time. 
Dolcetto d'Alba 2021  $49.99

Entirely Dolcetto from two distinct parcels owned by the estate, farmed without herbicides or pesticides. Grapes are hand harvested, pressed and co-fermented in a large concrete tank. Aged in traditional Slovenian oak barrels for 6-9 months before bottling. 

A lush nose of red and black fruit marked with a touch of dried herbs and rose petals. The palate builds on this with layers of black cherry, raspberry, violets, bay leaf and Ceylon cinnamon. Robust, but still elegant, this is a stunning example of Maria Teresa's mastery in the cellar and one of the greatest Dolcettos on the planet. 
Barbera d'Alba 2020 $69.99

The Barbera for this wine comes from the San Lorenzo vineyard in the commune of Barolo. Grapes are gently pressed for a shorter maceration, then fermented in concrete tanks. The wine is racked into large, Slavonian oak botti for a 20 month elevage, after which the wine is racked for a second time and bottled.

Lifted red fruit and floral notes waft from the glass, backed by blood orange and fresh cut herbs. The palate is an explosive mix of morello cherry, lavender, and mint leaf. Silky tannins bring great structure to the wine and are contrasted with classic Barbera acidity. Extremely age-able, it will be worth coming back to this bottle in a few years time. 
Robert Spencer
Sales Manager
Monarch Wine Merchants