2007 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato


  • Italy
  • Piedmont
  • Langhe
  • Barolo

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  • dagij Likes this wine: 89 points

    January 26, 2020 - IN a totally different style than all other Barolos in the tasting. This is much more Burgundian, both in aromas and in moutfeel and texture. Light red with a brown rim. Extremely aromatic, but the nose is mostly dominated by new barrels - liquorice, vanilla, cinnamon - in addition to sweet cherries. In addition there is a green, underripe tone that disturbes. Sweet fruit in the attack, raspberries, strawberries, almost flowery. The middle part is sweet, nicely balanced by tannins and acidity, while the aftertaste contains aromas of new barrels in addition to sweet fruit and some spices. But at the end, the green, underripe tones reemerge, and reduces the positive mouthfeel. Is it the hot vintage showing up here? A wine at this price level shouldn't be cluttered by wine making faults like that.



  • oldwines commented:

    1/26/20, 8:52 AM - Your note is curious to me...Giuseppe Mascarello is a traditionalist and uses no new oak aging, rather they use large Slavonian Oak Botti which are quite old. This is a traditional Barolo that needs years in the cellar to be at its peak normally. At this stage I would recommend a long decant...3 hours minimum for the wine to come together. Not sure what the other Baroli in the tasting were but this wine is by nature usually less ripe than the more modern producers. This vintage may be an exception however. There have been some mixed reviews of this wine...making me think I will have to try a bottle next weekend... Cheers!

    “oldwines” aka Dave

  • dagij commented:

    1/26/20, 2:17 PM - Thenk for the comment "oldwines". I understand that Mascarello is a traditionalist, but the wines were served blind together with the same wine in 2008, A. Conterno "ordinary" Barolo 2007 and the same Cascina Franci 2005, as well as Massolino Vigna Rionda 2001, and Cavallotto Briccho Boschis, and these were my blind notes. I would almost have sweared that this was affected by new oak, especially on the nose. Still, the oak aromas are not what bothers me anout this wine, it is the unripe aromas. Cheers!

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