Camphor and lemon peel on the nose. On the palate, light cherry, roses, truffle, and a hint of citrus on the medium to long finish, with no noticeable tannins. This is much better than a bottle from about a year ago. It's complex, elegant, and beautifully balanced and integrated. In spite of that, the disappearance of the tannins that were here a few years ago suggests that this may be as good as it gets -- it might evolve, but it might start to fall apart instead. I will drink my remaining bottles over the next two or three years.
My expectations were tempered by the notoriously warm vintage of 2003 and the reputation that precedes it. Cantina G. Mascarello did a fine job with this offering, in light of the challenges.
Early bricking at this relatively tender age. Deep aromas of red fruit. Supple in the mouth with ample complexity. Predominant notes of deep cherry with a touch of orange peel and earthy elements. Drinking much more forward and advanced compared to the 1997 Monprivato I opened recently, yet a very enjoyable wine.
Feminine, floral with a delicate pocket of cherries and soft red fruit. Some very nice hints of charcoal and earth. Very slight heat near finish. Barbaresco-like. Drinking far better than expected, a pleasure right now.
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Legends are so named for a reason and Mascarello's Monprivato is worth a special search...in 2003. Yes, I said 2003.
This is a touchy subject but the American wine consumer has a tendency to pigeon-hole vintages in their entirety without giving any of the wines a second look. That's a mistake in my opinion. Being open-minded is the key to wine education - if you try not to have pre-conceived notions, your palate remains an open book that is truly centered. By searching for certain character in advance - due to vintage generality or producer history - it's very difficult to remain 100% impartial. I bring this up because, judged simply on its merits and not on preconception of vintage, the 2003 Mascarello Barolo Monprivato is a stunner. I've tried this wine a number of times but it is really starting to show well as it did over the weekend with a goulash of sausage, celery, fennel and peppers (cooked over low heat, for almost four hours, in a large cast-iron pot):
I urge you to look up other TN's on this wine as well - it has so much to offer that I can't imagine I'm in the minority here? If Lafite could produce a top-tier wine in 2003 then certainly Mauro Mascarello could as well...
...and he did - at 30-40% less than the 2004.
ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price directly from the winery cellar with perfect provenance.
This is not a long-term pre-arrival. The wine will be available for local pick up in 1-2 weeks and it will ship during the on-going fall shipping season, weather permitting:
2003 G. Mascarello Barolo "Monprivato"
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA
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