Giuseppe Mascarello

The Mascarello family have produced wine in the Langhe since 1881.  That makes them elder statesmen in the Piemontese winemaking fraternity and they bring much-needed constancy to a region obsessed with the latest fashions.  New French oak and rotary fermenters may be all the rage but the Mascarellos prefer to stick with the traditional vinification that has stood them in good stead for more than a century.  These are wines that are made in the vineyard.  Manual weeding, rigorous crop thinning and an exceptionally late harvest all combine to create raw material of the very highest quality. Each bunch is carefully placed in a series of stacking trays that brings the grapes to the winery in pristine condition; they more often than not look better than most table grapes! The skins are hard and covered with a healthy bloom and are wondrously sweet.  It seems a shame to ferment them.

Winemaking here is a simple, almost primitive affair.  The Mascarellos believe in long macerations and extended maturation in large oak casks known as botte.  Such traditional techniques imbue the wines with a velvety subtlety in their youth and the capacity to acquire weight and complexity as they age.  A vertical tasting of older vintages of Barolo Monprivato, their top wine, proved beyond doubt Nebbiolo’s extraordinary capacity to age. Mauro Mascarello himself is now in his 60s but he continues to rule the roost.  Giuseppe, his son, shows the same quiet determination to preserve the status quo which is a very good thing.

The wines will unquestionably repay long-term cellaring.  The Barbera ‘Scudetto’ is a stylish and elegant version with the acidity nicely balancing the fruit.  The Langhe Nebbiolo is better than most producers’ Barolo, it’s finely aromatic and just tannic enough to provide a faithful introduction to this grape.

Giuseppe Mascarello

The Mascarello family have produced wine in the Langhe since 1881.  That makes them elder statesmen in the Piemontese winemaking fraternity and they bring much-needed constancy to a region obsessed with the latest fashions.  New French oak and rotary fermenters may be all the rage but the Mascarellos prefer to stick with the traditional vinification that has stood them in good stead for more than a century.  These are wines that are made in the vineyard.  Manual weeding, rigorous crop thinning and an exceptionally late harvest all combine to create raw material of the very highest quality. Each bunch is carefully placed in a series of stacking trays that brings the grapes to the winery in pristine condition; they more often than not look better than most table grapes! The skins are hard and covered with a healthy bloom and are wondrously sweet.  It seems a shame to ferment them.

Winemaking here is a simple, almost primitive affair.  The Mascarellos believe in long macerations and extended maturation in large oak casks known as botte.  Such traditional techniques imbue the wines with a velvety subtlety in their youth and the capacity to acquire weight and complexity as they age.  A vertical tasting of older vintages of Barolo Monprivato, their top wine, proved beyond doubt Nebbiolo’s extraordinary capacity to age. Mauro Mascarello himself is now in his 60s but he continues to rule the roost.  Giuseppe, his son, shows the same quiet determination to preserve the status quo which is a very good thing.

The wines will unquestionably repay long-term cellaring.  The Barbera ‘Scudetto’ is a stylish and elegant version with the acidity nicely balancing the fruit.  The Langhe Nebbiolo is better than most producers’ Barolo, it’s finely aromatic and just tannic enough to provide a faithful introduction to this grape.

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  1. Giuseppe Mascarello, Barolo Monprivato, 2012

    Giuseppe Mascarello, Barolo Monprivato, 2012

    Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - eRobertParker.com

    "...tiny, petite threads of cherry, wild berry, ash, smoked spice and grilled herb converge with unity to produce the intensity and purpose that ultimately defines this beautiful wine." eRobertParker.com

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  2. Giuseppe Mascarello, Barolo Monprivato, 2008

    Giuseppe Mascarello, Barolo Monprivato, 2008

    Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2040
    Reviewer Rating: 95 - eRobertParker.com

    "The 2008 Barolo Monprivato is understated, classy and very pretty...Crushed flowers, spices and licorice wrap around the eternal finish." eRobertParker.com

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  3. Giuseppe Mascarello, Barolo Monprivato, 2013 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Giuseppe Mascarello, Barolo Monprivato, 2013

    Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2045
    Reviewer Rating: 96 - Wine Spectator

    “A perfumed style, boasting floral, cherry, kirsch and licorice flavors. Slightly chewy, yet elegant overall, with fine balance and a lingering finish of macerated cherry, earth and tobacco notes.” Wine Spectator

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  4. Giuseppe Mascarello, Barolo Monprivato, 2012 Magnum

    Giuseppe Mascarello, Barolo Monprivato, 2012 (magnums)

    Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - eRobertParker.com

    "...tiny, petite threads of cherry, wild berry, ash, smoked spice and grilled herb converge with unity to produce the intensity and purpose that ultimately defines this beautiful wine." eRobertParker.com

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    Giuseppe Mascarello, Barolo Monprivato, 2012 (double magnums)

    Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - eRobertParker.com

    "...tiny, petite threads of cherry, wild berry, ash, smoked spice and grilled herb converge with unity to produce the intensity and purpose that ultimately defines this beautiful wine." eRobertParker.com

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