The Other Side of Monprivato: 2001 Mascarello Barolo Villero

Posted by Joe Salamone

The Other Side of Monprivato
2001 G. Mascarello Barolo Villero
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The Villero Vineyard is a stone's throw from the hallowed ground of Monprivato.

As close as these two vineyards are, in this complex tapestry (as in Burgundy and Germany), details matter. This is a wine with its own character. The brown clay and gray sand soils of Villero give the wine a bit fuller of a mid-palate with bolder, more assertive fruit when compared to the more austere Monprivato.

Villero is masculine, muscular; Villero always flaunts a packed palate of red fruit, beautiful spice and that haunting complexity that is... well, Barolo.


Today, we'll cut to the chase because we have a small parcel of Villero from one of the great vintages of the last 15 years, from one of the great traditionalists of the Piedmont: Mauro Mascarello.

Mauro Mascarello and the wines he has crafted in his decades of winemaking stand as legends of traditional Barolo. Mauro has a place right there with Bartolo Mascarello, Bruno Giacosa and Giacomo Conterno.

Only in a stable as commanding as Mascarello's would the Villero not be top dog. Villero is one of the top sites of Barolo’s Castiglione Falletto commune, a southwest facing plot that shares the same exposition as Monprivato, as well as certain appellation hallmarks: complex richness combined with a weightless, finessed palate presence. Only a few houses produce a single-vineyard Villero - Brovia, Vietti, and Giacosa back in the day.

The 2001 vintage in Piedmont was a worthy successor to 1996 and 1999. All of these vintages showcase serious mid-palate weight, great concentration matched by lively acidity and considerable structure. Mauro's 2001s are spectacular.

The 01s are built to age, but whereas Monprivato can take up to 20 years to fully develop, at 12 years young, the 01 Villero is just entering its drinking window. And while this wine is entering "the zone," the '01 Villero has at least another decade of enjoyable drinking under its belt.

This is a coveted producer in a vintage to go deep on - unfortunately, the small parcel we have may disallow such an indulgence. Still, send us your ideal order and we will do our best.

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

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

Antonio Galloni: "The 2001 Barolo Villero offers an attractive, perfumed nose of roses and spices followed by very sweet red fruit, with a soft, round personality and great length. Mascarello is among the last to harvest, and it shows in the super-ripe quality of the fruit here. Villero is also the first of these Barolos to usually reach maturity."

2001 G. Mascarello Barolo Villero is pre-arrival
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