"Utterly thrilling" -1999 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato

Posted by Ian McFadden

For me, 1999 Monprivato is one of the most magical vintages of the wine.

Mascarello’s Monprivato is one of the great monuments of Piedmont.

Monprivato is a singular expression of Nebbiolo. Its elegance, clarity of expression and purity of fruit, earth and flower make it really stand out. Few wines achieve the finesse that Mascarello coaxes from this top site.

John Gilman has said that Mascarello makes: "Some of the most elegant, refined and brilliant wines in all of Piemonte." The 1999 really delivers in this regard. It's incredibly finessed with beautifully layered and clear complex fruit.

Expect an incredible amount of agility and fascinating levels of nuance. There's gorgeously vivid fruit and floral notes (roses, violets, etc.) with crystalline purity, mingled with spices and complex minerality.

Monprivato's transformation in the cellar is stunning - over decades it grows even more elegant and transparent. The 1999 is just starting to hit its stride.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

1999 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato

Special Bottle Price: $299.95

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 1999 Barolo Monprivato is once again stellar. In this tasting, it is the wine's flamboyant fruit and super-expressive aromatics that jump from the glass. Sweet red cherries, pomegranate, hard candy, rose petals and mint meld together as this generous, resonant Barolo shows off its pure and total sense of majesty. Spices and a hint of blood orange develop in a kaleidoscope of aromas and flavors. In 1999, Monprivato is just about as good as it gets. Mauro Mascarello did not bottle his Riserva Ca' d'Morissio in 1999; instead all the best fruit was blended into the Monprivato. Today, the 1999 is utterly thrilling. It's as simple as that."