Mascarello's Codamonte is one of the most fascinating expressions of Barbera that we've tasted in many years.
It's impossible not to write this without some sadness. After 2013, the vines were torn out. These were very old vines, many were approaching one hundred years old.
Thankfully, as far as vintages go, 2013 was a really good vintage to end with. It's a stunning, classical vintage.
A huge amount of Mascarello's reputation is built upon their Barolo Monprivato. Codamonte comes from the same hillside as Monprivato.
When you combine the old vines and where the vineyard is situated, it goes a long way in explaining why Codamonte is a standalone example of Barbera. This is an expression of Barbera that made us rethink what the grape is capable of.
Codamonte delivers an insane amount of layered complexity combined with a silky textural element that adds even more fascination. The old vines produce small, concentrated grapes that create an amazingly nuanced and graceful wine.
It's a tour de force of fruit, earth and florality. There's everything from smoke, herbs, and saline minerality to red fruits, crushed flowers, tobacco and so much more.
The 2013 vintage in Piedmont is all about finesse and clarity. The Codamonte really flaunts the purity and elegance of the vintage.
As you can guess, the site's old vines don't produce very much wine. Typical production is around 80 cases per vintage. I strongly recommend that you check this out and don't wait too long before doing so. It won't stick around for long.
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Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits