Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 2013 Magnum
96 points - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2017
Bartolo Mascarello's 2013 Barolo is made with the estate's traditional blend of vineyard sites. This includes the San Lorenzo cru that will go offline starting with the 2015 vintage. This is a classic and traditional interpretation of Nebbiolo with an absolutely pristine and polished flavor profile. The bouquet opens to pressed violet, cassis, licorice, wild sage and cola. There is an elegant mineral imprint as well with rusty iron and iodine. This edition is evermore solid and centered compared to the warmer 2012 vintage. It will also require extra bottle aging in order to bring out its natural, but nuanced intensity.
Maria Teresa Mascarello has finished replanting her 4,000-square-meter parcel in the San Lorenzo vineyard. She had left the land to rest for two years after the old vines were ripped out. That means the traditional blend of sites used to make her Barolo—Canubbi, San Lorenzo, Rue and Rocche di La Morra—has been temporarily halted. Starting with the 2015 vintage (while San Lorenzo is offline), the new blend of sites will be Canubbi, Rue, Rocche dell'Annunziata and Moro di Bussia. The San Lorenzo fruit will return (in part) by the 2020 vintage.
- Monica Larner