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Average critic rating : 92.0 points
The 2004 Barolo Villero presents a light to medium-bodied expression of Nebbiolo. Silky, refined tannins support a soft core of sweet raspberries, strawberries and spices. Although the wine put on weight in the glass, this remains a relatively round, approachable wine in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2024. Mauro Mascarello is one of the most fascinating personalities in Piedmont. He is also arguably the longest-tenured active winemaker in the Langhe, having been directly responsible for all aspects of production at his family’s estate since 1970, which makes him an invaluable resource on the traditions of the region. Today’s younger generation of high-end producers speak with great reverence about Mascarello and even more so about his father Gepin who was a legend in these parts. Mascarello was an internationally-renowned producer decades before today’s big names were even making wines under their own labels. Twenty years ago, Mascarello’s signature Barolo Monprivato was one of the most expensive Barolos on the market. Then the new-age style became dominant during the 1990s and the estate languished in perception, but not quality. In recent times Mascarello has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity which is long overdue. Prices have gone up, but the Barolo Monprivato in particular remains a steal relative to other world-class wines. Monprivato is one of the handful of Italian wines than can hold its own with the best being made anywhere in the world. Wine Advocate # 179. Antonio Galloni
One of Barolo’s finest producers, Giuseppe Mascarello is a deeply traditional domaine that has been in the same family since 1881. The jewel of their vineyard holdings is the Monprivato vineyard in Castiglione Falleto. Mauro Mascarello has run the estate since 1967, now aided by son Giuseppe. The estate holds some excellent vineyards, notably Villero in Castiglione Falletto and Santo Stefano di Perno in Monforte d’Alba.
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