Visits in Piedmont Part 2

Additional Producer Profiles for Wines Tasted this Past May


Another arch traditionalist, who in this case produces a single Barolo blended from four vineyards. This is the epitome of elegance in Barolo, with a deceptive early stage when the wine can seem to light and easy followed by a long, slow growth curve as the wines add weight, power, depth and complexity.  These wines have been getting better and better with the passage of time and continue to help set the benchmark for what Barolo can and should be. I hope these wines remains with us forever as they are a touchstone for the region.

2009 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Intense raspberry fruit, ripe with woodsy edges and mineral, tea, and tobacco highlights topped with a touch of red rose petals all greet the nose. Wide open, and a bit soft on entry then full of intriguing rosehip and raspberry fruit with a little apple skins note and hints of  sandalwood on the palate. The tannins here are pretty ripe, but certainly prominent right through the slightly austere finish which shows some alcohol that is just barely perceptible. This has height and perfume in the mouth that is unusual for the vintage, with a fresh and traditional feel. 93pts

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  • Probably you tasted Barbera 2010 Conterno Cascina Francia, because isn't possible Barolo 2010 is not in commerce until at list 2015

    Aug 18, 2013 at 2:57 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    No, it was the 2010 Barolo from botte, not from bottle.

    Aug 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

  • Snooth User: Raphael Au
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    As always, I enjoy reading your articles on Barolo. While in Piemonte in May, I bought 6 bottles of Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste 2009. Amazing wine at a very reasonable 44 euros each ($130 in the US before taxes?!?!?)


    Nov 02, 2013 at 12:05 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Thank you for your kind words. Oh boy that is a terrific buy. Just last night I enjoyed a lie-up of G Rinaldi that spanned 1956-2001. You'll have to be patient but you're in for a treat when the wine finally matures.

    Nov 02, 2013 at 1:33 PM

  • Snooth User: Raphael Au
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    I hope you are going to write about the Rinaldi experience (i'm so friggin jealous!!). What was the colour like, particularly on the earlier years?

    Nov 02, 2013 at 11:10 PM

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