Bartolo Mascarello, Barolo 2017 Magnum

At a time when winemaking styles change as quickly as trends in fashion, it's important to celebrate the fierce guardians of tradition. Bartolo Mascarello was, by all accounts, the fiercest. His wines were celebrated for their nuance and elegance. Maria Teresa Mascarello, Bartolo’s daughter, has only turned up the quality since the early 2000s. The Bartolo Mascarello winery is worthy of being crowned a landmark of Italian wine. They make one Barolo every year that is a blend of small plots of vineyards. Their dolcetto is considered the greatest. The barbera is the easy drinking wine we wish we saw more.

It seems like an impossible feat to triumph the greatness of Bartolo’s wines, however, his daughter Maria Teresa has done it. She has kept the winery largely the same while devoting an unprecedented amount of care and attention to every bottle. These are the glory years of Barolo. These are only going to become more rare.

A great introduction to Bartolo Mascarello’s timeless style, the 2017 Barolo is full-bodied, witf lifted floral aromatics and soft, ripe tannins. It’s powerful, but not too grippy.

Notes on the Vintage

The worlds getting warmer. 2017 was a hot, dry year resulting in wines that are rich, fruit-forward and ready-to-drink more so than requiring age.

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