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”.
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2013 Barolo Santo Stefano di Perno

Giuseppe Mascarello

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Bottle 75cl £54.17

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The darkest of the three Barolos, this is an expansive wine that displays endless blackcurrant and black cherry aromas.  There is an incredible purity here which is seamlessly encased by tight, velveteen tannins.  A hint of iron, chocolate and coffee bean add complexity to the finish.  This is a remarkable wine which, in this vintage, show its spectacular clay terroir...

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2013 Barolo Villero

Giuseppe Mascarello

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Bottle 75cl £54.17

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This is an incredible expression of Castiglione Falletto’s special Villero vineyard.  Surprisingly open despite its youth, it shows an amazing breadth of scents; savoury earth, liquorice, citrus peel.  It is eminently juicy with neatly packed tannins and a very linear structure.  It seems to tread an impeccable line between sinewy muscle and profound perfume.  Stunning. 

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2013 Barolo Monprivato

Giuseppe Mascarello

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Bottle 75cl £83.33

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This Monprivato is a deeply complex and thought-provoking wine.  It opens with balsamic notes and lifted red-cherry freshness.  It then reveals a piercingly mineral core, carried by a steely, nervy energy.  The palate is breathtaking: long and delicate with contrasting shades of citrus, sanguinello orange, woodsmoke and beeswax.  It fans out on the finish; seemingly limitless in its presence.  This...

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