New Release: Giuseppe Mascarello’s 2013s

New Release: Giuseppe Mascarello’s 2013s
We are delighted to offer the latest releases from Giuseppe Mascarello. A firm Justerini & Brooks favourite, 2017 is a very exciting year for the Mascarello family. Not only are their excellent 2013s being released to the market, it also marks the fiftieth year with Mauro Mascarello at the helm – an incredible milestone.

What is perhaps most special about this family, is that in those five decades very little has changed. Mauro, joined now by Elena and Giuseppe, set out to produce traditional, long-lived Barolos - an ambition realised with absolutely no concessions. His honest, wonderful wines are a product first and foremost of exceptional terroir, shaped only by the soft, gentle extractions and extended barrel ageing that takes place in the cellar. Barolo lovers will attest that with age Mauro’s wines are nothing short of spectacular.

We have tasted the full range of 2013s three times this year. Famously, the Mascarello wines are reticent in youth, requiring time and patience to reveal their full potential. This is true, and yet the 2013s are still some of the most attractive young wines we can remember. Even at this early stage the wines have grown in stature immeasurably and display haunting aromas, brilliant colours and serious intensity.

In the glass, Monprivato is a radiant, luminous ruby. An ethereal bouquet of wild cherry and dried flowers is met with balsamic, soy, mint leaf and bitter strawberry on the palate. Sweet, tightly-knit tannins and a classic sense of freshness lend it shape and delineation. It is a complex beauty. Villero, as ever, is perfumed and pale with ravishing fresh raspberry and rose petal aromas, rendering it a more slender, seductive Barolo. Perno Santo Stefano meanwhile is a model of cool salinity, blueberry, blackberry and forest fruit, with a lilt of mint and violet - firmer in style but not heavy. Of Villero and Perno, a mere 2,500 bottles of each were made.

2013 is fantastic vintage for Piedmont, and make no mistake, this is an exceptional range of wines.