Cantina Bartolo Mascarello

Barolo Nebbiolo

9.389 ratings
9.432 pro ratings
Barolo, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy
Nebbiolo
Lamb, Goose, Potato, Baking Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Beef, Pasta, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Veal, White Rice, Herbs, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Pork, Game, Exotic Spices, Chili & Hot Spicy, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Jay Kline

This bottle was part of a really fun ensemble of Barolos, generously shared and curated by our friend Tim.

Served blind after a lengthy slow-ox, the group of us knew we were drinking Barolo but that’s it. Visually, there were no obvious signs of age. Cherries were the predominate fruit characteristic and those at the table agreed there was a savory nature to this wine that was quite attractive. Super dry and tannic. Balanced. By all accounts, a very good, elegant wine.

That being said, on this night, to my palate, I got the sense that this didn’t exhibit the energy shown by two of the other examples on the table (but clearly more than one that seemed to show quite a bit of age). The fruit just wasn’t as laser focused and it seemed to be missing something that the other three had. I have to admit that I was a bit surprised after this was revealed to be a 2009 Barolo Mascarello with impeccable provenance. Now it has me wondering about the 2009 vintage in general. Are they just going through a phase or are they losing steam? Maybe the warmth of the vintage is playing a role in its development. I’d love to revisit this wine again sometime.

This bottle was part of a really fun ensemble of Barolos, generously shared and curated by our friend Tim.

Served blind after a lengthy slow-ox, the group of us knew we were drinking Barolo but that’s it. Visually, there were no obvious signs of age. Cherries were the predominate fruit characteristic and those at the table agreed there was a savory nature to this wine that was quite attractive. Super dry and tannic. Balanced. By all accounts, a very good, elegant wine.

That being said, on this night, to my palate, I got the sense that this didn’t exhibit the energy shown by two of the other examples on the table (but clearly more than one that seemed to show quite a bit of age). The fruit just wasn’t as laser focused and it seemed to be missing something that the other three had. I have to admit that I was a bit surprised after this was revealed to be a 2009 Barolo Mascarello with impeccable provenance. Now it has me wondering about the 2009 vintage in general. Are they just going through a phase or are they losing steam? Maybe the warmth of the vintage is playing a role in its development. I’d love to revisit this wine again sometime.

Nov 20th, 2020
Doug Kahn

Lovely young and old

Lovely young and old

Sep 24th, 2017
Joel Tan

Star of the show, quite approachable for such a young Barolo. Delicate and elegant in the notes, though tannins suggest it's still got some time to integrate. Leaves a certain salinity in the mouth that makes you want more

Star of the show, quite approachable for such a young Barolo. Delicate and elegant in the notes, though tannins suggest it's still got some time to integrate. Leaves a certain salinity in the mouth that makes you want more

4 people found it helpfulMar 29th, 2014
Jason Heller

Master Sommelier

9.0

Another wine showing apparent RS

Another wine showing apparent RS

Jan 20th, 2017
Jeff Burrows

Lovely even this young. Sure, its tannic, but excellent balance. Showing better than the Elio Altare due to no obvious oak.

Lovely even this young. Sure, its tannic, but excellent balance. Showing better than the Elio Altare due to no obvious oak.

Apr 24th, 2016
Ben Leger

Blind Tasted with rock star @Bobby Stuckey at #advancedsommeliercourse in Dallas. Amazing purity and elegance. #barolo #mascarello #nailedit

Blind Tasted with rock star @Bobby Stuckey at #advancedsommeliercourse in Dallas. Amazing purity and elegance. #barolo #mascarello #nailedit

Jun 3rd, 2015
Jessica Garcia

Classic!

Classic!

Jan 10th, 2015
Peter Scudamore-Smith MW

Confounding wine- Bartolo; fussy and funky; oh so powerful with suckling pig; #barolo #alcastello

Confounding wine- Bartolo; fussy and funky; oh so powerful with suckling pig; #barolo #alcastello

Oct 1st, 2014
Rob Lateiner

Totally open for business, just a bit too warm and loose. My favorite producer.

Totally open for business, just a bit too warm and loose. My favorite producer.

May 14th, 2014