Barolo, 2012

  Bartolo Mascarello

Maria Teresa Mascarello is one of the region’s flagbearers for traditionally-made Barolo, taking the baton from her father Bartolo and grandfather Giulio who founded the estate in 1919. Tradition here means producing a blend that is greater than the sum of its parts. Vineyards include many choice parcels, amongst which are Rocche dell’Annunziata, San Lorenzo, Cannubi and Rue. The Barolo is aged in large used slavoninan oak cask for three years before bottling. These are some of most refined, nuanced delicately-balanced Barolos money can buy.

Contains Sulphites.

Appellation: Barolo

Barolo is the greatest, most intense and expressive display of the Northern Italian grape variety Nebbiolo. The name is given to bottles from the Piedmont area, made exclusively from Nebbiolo, and coming from the five core towns of Barolo, La Morra, Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte d'Alba, along with certain other peripherary villages. The wines offer power, aromatics and longevity that is almost unmatched elsewhere in Italy, perhaps the world. Top, forward thinking producers have pushed huge changes in the winemaking culture of the area, and as a result finer, purer Barolo is being produced than ever before.

Grape Type: Nebbiolo

Arguably Italy's greatest red grape variety, responsible in North-West Italy’s Piedmont region for the great reds of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. At its best it produces wines of an aromatic complexity and subtlety similar to that of great Burgundy, a region from where many pioneering producers such as Elio Altare drew their inspiration. The aromas and flavours are very different in profile to Pinot Noir however, usually characterised by roses, tar and truffle. Naturally tannic and acidic, Nebbiolo wines are excellent for long term ageing.