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Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1981

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A dark and youthful appearance was gratifying to see and Mauro explained that this vintage produced wines with deep colors but the weather was such that the tannins never fully ripened. The grapes achieved ripeness very late in the season due more to the photosynthesis of the light as opposed to the heat of the sun that would have also ripened the tannins. The nose here starts out funnily evolved with a dusty, earthy character and lovely notes of bottle sweetness that recalled veal stock. There are soft layered of dried rose here as well but more dirt, anise, and sautéed fennel to the make-up giving this a decidedly rustic tone. With air notes of camphor and tea emerge giving this a rather complex if evolved aromatic profile. In the mouth this enters with a suave feel, still rich in glycerin but balanced by bright acidity, the super fine tannins begin to assert themselves on the backend giving the cranberry finish an earthy, spicy tones and a bit of an austere feel. With air this did freshen up in the glass but with food this transformed itself from good to something special. The tannins melted away and the fruit became more assertive and fresher. A really solid showing from a mediocre vintage! 2009-2017 91pts

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Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello:
Since time immemorial Nebbiolo has been the most highly-prized vine and the wine-growing emblem of Alba and the Langa, and when it is matched with a great wine-making terroir it is capable of expressing itself at sublime levels in wines of remarkable personality, intense bouquet, great smooth tannins, and outstanding possibilities of evolution and resistance over time. The members of the Gius... Read more
Since time immemorial Nebbiolo has been the most highly-prized vine and the wine-growing emblem of Alba and the Langa, and when it is matched with a great wine-making terroir it is capable of expressing itself at sublime levels in wines of remarkable personality, intense bouquet, great smooth tannins, and outstanding possibilities of evolution and resistance over time. 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. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
03/23/2009

A dark and youthful appearance was gratifying to see and Mauro explained that this vintage produced wines with deep colors but the weather was such that the tannins never fully ripened. The grapes achieved ripeness very late in the season due more to the photosynthesis of the light as opposed to the heat of the sun that would have also ripened the tannins. The nose here starts out funnily evolved with a dusty, earthy character and lovely notes of bottle sweetness that recalled veal stock. There are soft layered of dried rose here as well but more dirt, anise, and sautéed fennel to the make-up giving this a decidedly rustic tone. With air notes of camphor and tea emerge giving this a rather complex if evolved aromatic profile. In the mouth this enters with a suave feel, still rich in glycerin but balanced by bright acidity, the super fine tannins begin to assert themselves on the backend giving the cranberry finish an earthy, spicy tones and a bit of an austere feel. With air this did freshen up in the glass but with food this transformed itself from good to something special. The tannins melted away and the fruit became more assertive and fresher. A really solid showing from a mediocre vintage! 2009-2017 91pts

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