2013 Giuseppe Mascarello - Singular Greatness in an Historic Year
Mauro Mascarello is the last remaining giant of the great Barolo generation that included Bartolo Mascarello and Giovanni Conterno. There are few people in the Langhe today with such a huge frame of reference for Barolo, its myriad terroirs and vintages.
This year marks two important milestones for Mauro: his 80th birthday and his 50th harvest.
Mauro has been the winemaker at Giuseppe Mascarello since the late 1960s. Like his father, Giuseppe, and grandfather, Maurizio, before him, Mauro is a staunch traditionalist dedicated to long, gentle fermentations and aging in old botti.
Mauro’s achievements include the creation of the remarkable single vineyard bottling from Monprivato, first produced in 1970. Seen as a radical and somewhat controversial idea at the time, it has since gone on to become the collector’s cru from Castiglione Falletto.
The wines of Mascarello are, quite simply, spectacular. In addition to Barolo Monprivato, Mauro makes small quantities of perhaps the finest Barolos in the Santo Stefano di Perno and Villero crus. With age, they gradually unfurl to reveal magical, detailed infusions that are uncompromising in their beauty.
These 2013 releases are among the most impressive in recent memory, something of which Mauro is particularly proud. The quality is unquestionable and, in a vintage like 2013, you simply won’t want to miss out.
These are Barolos that deserve your attention and patience. As the old saying goes, “Good things come to those who wait”.