Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 2012
This is one of Barolo's most iconic estates, and a lifelong highlight of tasting wines during a visit to VinItaly in Piedmont...'Proprietor Mauro Mascarello makes some of the most compelling, traditional wines in Piedmont. Mascarello’s signature Barolo, Monprivato, rarely shows well when young, yet it has a proven ability to transform magically in the bottle, something I have witnessed first-hand with more vintages than I can remember. The irony is that by the time the wines start showing well they are long gone from the market or have appreciated dramatically in price.' Wine Advocate (the lesson here is...buy this wine now, cellar it and have a profound experience down the road...)
Wine SpectatorDesignation: Collectibles. A mix of chocolate, cherry, earth and tar flavors are allied to a dense structure in this red. Initially tannic, this needs several hours of aeration to reveal its true personality, delivering cherry, leather, licorice and spice flavors that marry harmoniously with the silky texture, with excellent length. Best from 2022 through 2038. 1,450 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastIntensely fragrant, this offers enticing scents of woodland berry, violet, rose, aromatic herb and new leather. Elegantly structured, the linear palate is all about finesse, delivering red cherry, pomegranate, white pepper and licorice framed in firm refined tannins. Drink 2022-2032.
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Barolo Monprivato is a polished and bright wine that delivers a profound and beautiful array of delicate aromas. These tiny, petite threads of cherry, wild berry, ash, smoked spice and grilled herb converge with unity to produce the intensity and purpose that ultimately defines this beautiful wine. I tasted from two bottles at the winery. One had been opened a few days prior, and the second one's cork was pulled immediately before I sampled it. This review is based on my impressions from both bottles: The first one sang loud and the second revealed a muted voice. There's no doubting that this wine needs at least ten more years to evolve. Having said that, I don't think 2012 has the extreme depth and focus we've seen from this vineyard in slightly cooler vintages.