Mascarello Barolo Monprivato:
Barolo ‘Monprivato’ is one of Italy’s most famous
single vineyard bottlings. The Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio estate—the
motto of which—“Only the memory of the past can open
the way to the future”—provides a succinct articulation
of the estate’s ability to seam tradition with innovation. Monprivato is only bottled in outstanding vintages that live up to Mascarello's high standards. Those harvests that do not meet such expectations are utilized for the normal Barolo or sold as Nebbiolo Langhe.
Giuseppe Mascarello established his estate in Monforte d’Alba in 1881 although the historic vineyard is recorded by old land registry archives as dating back to 1666. It was Giuseppe’s son, Maurizio, who began to establish the family’s positioning among the defining producers of Barolo with the purchase of land in the nearby commune of Castiglione Falletto in 1904. This acquisition commenced the Mascarellos’ eminent ties with the past, bringing them ownership of a parcel of the Monprivato vineyard.
The wine is sourced from a 6-hectare plot in the famed Monprivato
vineyard in Castiglione Falletto, which typically
produces wines occupying a middle ground between
the potency of those from Serralunga d'Alba and Monforte d'Alba, and
the gentle, aromatic elegance of wines from Barolo
and La Morra. The Monprivato vineyard sits on
clay slopes facing southwest at 280 meters
of altitude along the central valley of the Barolo
zone. Owner, Mauro Mascarello believes Barolo’s
finest vineyards produce wines that are essentially
rich in flavor with sweeter, softer tannins than
those of lesser sites. He is adamant that yields
be reduced and traditional measures taken to
allow minimal cellar intervention. Mascarello
uses extended maceration and ages the wine for
about 38 months in medium Slavonian oak casks to emphasize
the leaner, more tannic side of Nebbiolo.
Barolo Monprivato is a medium, full-bodied wine that tends to demonstrate ruby-garnet colors upon release. Mascarello Barolos begin to mature between six and ten years of bottle age, and may continue to evolve over a 25- to 40-year span.
Producer: G. Mascarello
Commune: Castiglione Falletto
Altitude: 280 meters
Classification: Barolo DOCG
First Year: 1970
Bottle Production: 8,500-30,000 bottles
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