A model of delicacy and finesse - 2009 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Posted by Ian McFadden

Grace, Finesse and Detail in '09
2009 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
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"A model of delicacy and finesse, the 2009 graces the palate with soft fruit and silky, polished tannins. All the elements are in the right place..." -Antonio Galloni

Galloni's note above cuts to the heart of the matter - Maria Teresa Mascarello excelled in the 2009 vintage.

Mascarello's production is small - there's only around 1,000 cases for the world. It's always extremely hard for us to secure enough wine for a large offering. And while this is a fairly large parcel, you should be warned that quantities are limited.

Bartolo Mascarello is one of the legendary old school producers of Barolo. Bartolo Mascarello's Barolos are some of the greatest and most soulful wines in the world. Now, in the hands of Bartolo's daughter, Maria Teresa, the estate has continued to produce head-turning and soulful Barolos. I can confidently say that she is now turning out Barolos at the same level as her father's incredible wines from the 60s and a great stretch of 80s vintages - 82, 85, 89.

Bartolo Mascarello's Barolo is one of the wines that, for me, is essential for collectors to have in the cellar. It's that good.

When talking about Bartolo, it's impossible not to focus on the über-traditional methods. Maria Teresa Mascarello is fond of saying they're "The Last of the Mohicans." But what really wins you over is their precision and their finesse.

The 2009 highlights this stylistic hallmark. As Galloni's quote above makes clear, the 2009 is harmoniously composed with an incredible amount of detail and elegance. All of this makes it one of the standouts for the vintage.

Galloni calls 2009 in Piedmont "an extraordinary vintage, it is a very good one." '09 is a riper vintage and at times the tannins can come across as being a bit edgy and brutal and the fruits a shade darker than a more classic vintage. It's '09 Bartolo's integrated, silken tannins, its precision and its finesse that makes it clear that it's one of major successes of '09.

The aging curve for Bartolo Mascarello's Barolos is epic. Even in a mid-term drinking vintage like 2009, the wine will have no trouble seeing its 20th birthday.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Antonio Galloni:
"Mascarello fans, especially those cellaring some of the estate's recent vintages, will find much to like in the 2009 Barolo, a wine that should drink nicely pretty much upon release. A model of delicacy and finesse, the 2009 graces the palate with soft fruit and silky, polished tannins. All the elements are in the right place. Sweet floral and tobacco notes add complexity on the finish. I don't see the 2009 joining the ranks of the truly great years here, but it is nevertheless an attractive wine."