Editorial Reviews for Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato
A bit funky and dirty at first, then turning very floral with a slight gamey edge and roasted nuances to the sour fruit. With air this gains a wonderfully clear and precise rose petal tone and deep notes of mineral water. On the palate this is deceptively light and soft with sweet raspberry fruit up front balanced by ripe tannins and supporting acids. There’s a touch of chalky minerality on the mid-palate and some sweet anise and orange skin tones that resonate on the long, aromatic finish. You have to think about this a bit to really get it at this point but the balance and inner mouth perfume bode well for the future. 91pts
Woodsy on the nose with big soil tones, really hard smelling mineral water notes as well over lightly smoky fresh fruit. - Melon fruit up front in a slightly fleshy feeling wine with integrated acids and hard but not dry tannins. There is a nice core of round fruit on the mid-palate with spice and herb tones coming to the fore on the backend. The wine gains depth and volume with air and the tannins do become somewhat more prominent coming to dominate the moderately long finish. 92pts
External Reviews for Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato
The 2005 Barolo Monprivato is a very pretty, harmonious wine endowed with tons of purity in its fruit. All of the telltale aromas and flavors of Monprivato are there - geraniums, roses, spices and flowers - but backed up by quite a bit of heft and body as well. Today, the 2005 Monprivato is quite tannic, but it should come around with a few more years in bottle. In some ways, the 2005 reminds me of the 1999, another vintage in which the Ca d'Morissio was not produced. Monprivato is typically one of the hardest wines to accurately assess when young, and only time will tell what heights it ultimately reaches. For now, the future certainly seems bright. This is a mysterious, seductive Monprivato that will be fascinating to follow. Mascarello was especially selective with his Monprivato and only bottled about 50% of his production. He also blended in the juice kept separately for the Ca d'Morissio, which in this vintage is about 20% of the final blend as opposed ...