The members of the Giuseppe Mascarello family have been growing wines for more than a century and a half, first as farmers running the Manescotto estate in the village of La Morra for the marchesa Giulia Colbert Faletti di Barolo, and then on their own property since the late 1800s.
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.
Bolder expression from this release. Strong perfume of dark cherry, dried beef, char and malt, with flavours similar and set to a broader, beefier feel. Brooding in the palate, rich with dark berry fruit character, malt, panforte and a swish of crushed rock, stony minerality, though the wine is texturally very dry. Tannins spread out broadly, suede and malty in their texture and flavours, the wine finishes a little creamy, curiously, with a smudge of tannin and gummy pucker. It feels like a wine not quite in the groove, which is often the way with such wines, but here, a little off kilter at present. Stay tuned. Tasted: Mar 2021; Alcohol: 15%; Price: $610; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2026-2036; Rated: 94+ Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
Floral, spicy, Ovaltine and roses, cherry, strawberry and mint. Firm, very firm indeed, with crushed rock tannin lending a slightly gritty profile to the wine, baked strawberry and malty flavours, but still retains some mouth-perfume of sandalwood and tight acidity. Quite ripe, but still mainly into red fruits, with a slightly milky and malty finish of rugged tannin grip and excellent length. It’ll need quite a few years to unwind, and roll out. Tasted: Mar 2021; Alcohol: 15%; Price: $610; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2026-2036; Rated: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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