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Barolo, Bartolo Mascarello 2016

Grape VarietyNebbiolo

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Italy2016Barolo, Bartolo Mascarello NewBT104,200.0012100 ML12466.66666666667100.00100.00Barolo, Mascarello, Bartolo0.75
Italy2016Barolo, Bartolo Mascarello New

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bt100 ML4422.22222133333100.00100.00Barolo, Mascarello, Bartolo0.75
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Tasting Notes

This is the stuff of dreams. Tasted so young, I did a lot of coaxing to nudge the wine along, thanks to a double decant and a few extra hours in an open bottle. I tasted both samples I had over the course of a few weeks. Those efforts served well, but the wine remains packed tight and full of nervous energy regardless, indicating that its true potential won't be seen for another 10 or 20 years, or likely more. The Bartolo Mascarello 2016 Barolo is a true icon of the vintage. The approach is elongated and silky, like lifting honey from a jar. The aromas are chiseled and focused with wild berry, licorice, candied orange peel, campfire ash, rusted iron, crushed graphite and pencil shaving. The wine's personality is downplayed, elegant and demure in one tasting but exuberant and expressive in the next. The tannins show snap and crunch, indicating they will drive the wine forward over many years of cellar age. This is one of those rare wines that is poised to improve with each increment of time. Structurally, it is perfect. If we were to create a template for an aspirational Barolo, this would be it. 2026-2060

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, July 2020

Maria Teresa Mascarello made one of the wines of the vintage in 2016. Her 2016 Barolo is soft and sensual, but also quite hushed - as many wines are in this vintage in the early going. Medium in body with silky tannins and exceptional balance, the 2016 has so much to offer, but it is also going to require quite a bit of time to be at its very best. Just after bottling, the 2016 was more generous and rich, but it is decidedly closed today. I wouldn't dream of touching a bottle before age ten, and even that will be early for a super-classic Barolo. Rose petal, mint, crushed flowers, anise and blood orange develop with time in the glass, but the 2016 is a Barolo for readers who can afford to be patient. 2026-2056

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2020

Lustrous mid ruby. Great purity, lift and focus with cherry and raspberry fruit. Great freshness. Compact raspberry fruit with energetic, long tannins and a build-up of perfumed red fruit on the finish. 14.5% Drink 2024 – 2028

Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com, December 2019
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