Legions of wine lovers consider this tiny cantina in the middle of the town of Barolo a must-visit and a privilege. And Maria-Teresa Mascarello, despite having virtually no more wine to sell anyone, gives everyone the same hospitality. Despite their world-wide demand, prices stay remarkably moderate and Maria-
Teresa has no interest in buying new vineyards. There is no website and no email. The wines, gentle and persistent, reflect their maker. No one who visits this tranquil little haven of tradition goes away wondering what all the fuss is about.
Maria Teresa's 2013 Barolo is a stunning, drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Vibrant, crystalline and exceptionally nuanced, the 2013 speaks to elegance above all else. There is an exotic quality to the aromatics that adds to the wine's total sense of seduction. As captivating as the 2013 is today, there is no shortage of underlying grip and structure. Dark cherry, plum, spice, menthol and licorice are some of the many notes that grace the palate. But the 2013 is a wine of completeness rather than elements. And the 2013 simply has it all. In 2013, Mascarello opted for short-ish fermentation with limited post-fermentation maceration because the skins were a bit fragile. The result is a delicate wine that shows just how finessed young Barolo can be. Date Tasted: Feb 2017; Drink: 2023-2053; Rating: 98+ Points; Antionio Galloni; Vinous
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