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Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Rionda 1979

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

There is quite a story behind this wine. Bruno Giacosa had been in the habit of buying this lot but in 1979, most likely to make up for the tiny harvest the year before, Aldo Canale significantly raised his asking price. Bruno Giacosa balked at paying more for a lesser vintage and passed on the lot. Mauro found out and quickly agreed to the tariff, much to the chagrin of Bruno who had a change of heart shortly there after. Mauro had the option of continuing his relationship with Aldo in 1980 but was not satisfied with the appearance of his 1979 so he passed. Unfortunately Mauro wasn’t familiar with the tendency of the Rionda wine to appear pale early on only to gain color after several years and by the time he figured it our Bruno had learned from his mistakes. This bottle had a wonderful nose of sandy soil tones, celery seed, rosehips and intense perfumes of sweet cherry with notes of rust and iron adding depth. In the mouth this was velvety and earthy with spicy, dark masculine flavors of medicinally tinged wild cherry. This lacks a bit of elegance on the midpalate but offers excellent length with lingering notes of black licorice and strawberry seed astringency. 2009-2016 90pts

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Varietal: Nebbiolo
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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 Rionda

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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03/23/2009

There is quite a story behind this wine. Bruno Giacosa had been in the habit of buying this lot but in 1979, most likely to make up for the tiny harvest the year before, Aldo Canale significantly raised his asking price. Bruno Giacosa balked at paying more for a lesser vintage and passed on the lot. Mauro found out and quickly agreed to the tariff, much to the chagrin of Bruno who had a change of heart shortly there after. Mauro had the option of continuing his relationship with Aldo in 1980 but was not satisfied with the appearance of his 1979 so he passed. Unfortunately Mauro wasn’t familiar with the tendency of the Rionda wine to appear pale early on only to gain color after several years and by the time he figured it our Bruno had learned from his mistakes. This bottle had a wonderful nose of sandy soil tones, celery seed, rosehips and intense perfumes of sweet cherry with notes of rust and iron adding depth. In the mouth this was velvety and earthy with spicy, dark masculine flavors of medicinally tinged wild cherry. This lacks a bit of elegance on the midpalate but offers excellent length with lingering notes of black licorice and strawberry seed astringency. 2009-2016 90pts

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