Giuseppe Mascarello - Barolo Monprivato 2012 Ml. 750
At least 24 months
Since time immemorial Nebbiolo has been the most highly-prized vine and the wine-growing emblem of Alba and the Langa, and when it is matched with a great wine-making terroir it is capable of expressing itself at sublime levels in wines of remarkable personality, intense bouquet, great smooth tannins, and outstanding possibilities of evolution and resistance over time.
The members of the Giuseppe Mascarello family have been growing wines for more than a century and a half, first as farmers running the Manescotto estate in the village of La Morra for the marchesa Giulia Colbert Faletti di Barolo, and then on their own property since the late 1800s.
The winery's outstanding results have been achieved by our family's application over decades of a series of rules and self-limits, including:
very short winter pruning - from six to nine buds, depending on the vigour of each single vine;
removal in spring of any less than perfect bunches;
summer thinning of the grapes that could compromise each plant's ability to ripen every bunch to perfection;
production of no more than 6-6.5 tons of grapes per hectare;
hand-picking, with grading and drastic cleaning performed in the vineyard, removing any imperfect grapes berry-by-berry.
The Mauro Mascarello family MONPRIVATO vineyard is located in the village of Castiglione Falletto, and is a classic prime medium-hillside site stretching over six hectares (15 acres) at 280 metres above sea level, in the heart of the Barolo wine-growing area. It is historic vineyard, as is confirmed by old land registry archives dating back to 1666.
Renato Ratti, the great scholar of the history of the Langa around Alba, listed it in 1985 amongst the eleven first category historic vineyards in the Barolo wine-growing area.
The Monprivato vineyard lies on soil originating from the Helvetian era of the Miocene epoch in the Tertiary period. it is composed of clayey-silty marl, with good structure, a high content of active limestone, and a well-proportioned supply of micro-elements. Together with the vineyard's south-westerly exposure at midday, these elements provide the Barolo wine with excellent body, a subtle bouquet, delicate tar, a lingering aftertaste, an unmistakable clear elegance, and the ability to evolve in a very positive way over time whilst maintaining extraordinary youth and freshness.
The Mascarello family has always dedicated real passion and love to MONPRIVATO, tending to it with the utmost attention throughout its production lifecycle.
the Monprivato cru is only bottled - with a numbered label - in outstanding and excellent vintages. Any vintages which are not adjudged to be up to this extremely high quality standard become part of the normal Barolo, while others are sold as Nebbiolo Langhe.
|Ageing and Fining||The wine is then matured in medium-sized Slavonian oak barrels for around 36 months.|
|Ageing||At least 24 months|
|Color||Garnet red with orange-coloured highlights|
|Aroma||Complex, very fruity, elegant, intense, spicy, with flowery sensations.|
|Aroma||Vegetal, Floral, Fruity, Spicy|
|Taste||Excellent body with power and stuffing, demanding, masculine, long and full.|
|Serving temperature||16°-18° C.|
|Blend description||100% Nebbiolo|
|Matching||Agnolotti (stuffed meat and rice pasta, typical from Piedmont Region), Pasta, Pasta made with egg, Tajarin (long pasta typical from Piedmont region), Pasta with sauce, Rice with mushrooms, Rice with Bolognese sauce, Ravioli (stuffed pasta), Roast, Braised meat, T-bone steak (Florentine steak), Red meat, Roasted red meat, Red meat stew, Grilled meat, Kill, Game, Stew, Dishes with truffle, Cheese fondue, Cured cheeses, Meditation wines / Dessert wines|
|Ideal with||Pasta With Vegetables, Pasta Meat, Meat Red, Cured cheeses, Dessert|