Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Magnums: 2006-2008

Posted by Ian McFadden

Bartolo Mascarello
Barolo Magnums: 2006-2008

Bartolo Mascarello's Barolos are some of the greatest and most soulful wines in the world.

And recently they've been on a tear.

I can confidently say that Maria Teresa 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.

Today, I'm happy to offer three vintages in magnum of this recent winning streak.

Mags of Bartolo Mascarello are extremely rare. Mascarello's production is small - it literally fits in one fairly small room and magnums only account for a tiny percentage of what's bottled.

It's impossible for me not to begin with the 2008. I'm confident that their 2008 Barolo will go down as being one of the greats from this historic estate. This is one of the wines that completely floored me during my recent trip through Piedmont and Burgundy. The '08 vintage in Piedmont is ultra-classic, pure and precise and Mascarello's '08 Barolo is a glorious example of this.

In the bigger 2007 vintage, Mascarello also hit a home run. Antonio Galloni writes, "It is without question one of the wines of the vintage."

Finally, the 2006 comes from a really strong (and somewhat overlooked) vintage. 2006 is one of those somewhat shy vintages that will have plenty to say once it comes out of its shell. Galloni calls Mascarello's '06 Barolo "flat-out great" and we have to agree.

Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, reply to or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

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

Antonio Galloni: "Mascarello’s 2008 Barolo is a wine of extraordinary elegance. A sweet, open bouquet leads to dark red fruit, mint, spices and licorice in this pretty, nuanced Barolo. The 2008 is all about detail and understated finesse. It boasts breathtaking purity in its fruit and fabulous overall balance. A textured, finely-knit finish leaves a lasting impression. The 2008 is very classic in style. It will require considerable patience, despite its deceptively medium-bodied structure. This is another dazzling wine from Maria-Theresa Mascarello."

Antonio Galloni: "The 2007 Barolo has grown tremendously over the last few months. Some bottles have been more closed than others, but what is certain is that the wine is putting on weight. The 2007 appears to have a long drinking window ahead. It is without question one of the wines of the vintage."

Antonio Galloni: The 2006 Barolo is flat-out great. It possesses dazzling inner perfume, intense color, beautifully nuanced fruit and a classic, austere young-Barolo profile that will allow it to age gracefully for decades. The 2006 is shaping up to be a gem."