Barbera d'Alba, Bartolo Mascarello 2021

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100% Barbera d'Alba from San Lorenzo (0.6ha) within the commune of Barolo.

Bartolo Mascarello (officially known as Cantina Mascarello Bartolo) is a revered wine producer based in the town of Barolo in Piedmont, Italy. The estate was founded in 1918 and brought to prominence by the eponymous Bartolo Mascarello, who died in 2005. It is now run by his daughter Maria-Teresa Mascarello. The estate is particularly known for its traditionally-made Barolo wines.

As well as being a vocal opponent of the modern movement in the region, Mascarello also resisted the more recent fashion for single-vineyard releases. He was also known for his opposition to right-wing Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, making headlines in the early 21st Century by releasing the 'No barrique, no Berlusconi' labeled Barolo. The label has gone on to become a collector's item.

Mascarello's outspoken stances were nonetheless combined with much critical praise for his wines – the latter a record Maria-Teresa Mascarello has retained. Elegant and floral with great finesse, Mascarello wines continue to be considered among Barolo's greatest, and fetch some of the highest prices in the appellation.

Vinification: Fermented in a single concrete vat for ~10-12 days before being aged to botti, where it is stays for 20 months. The soils are a mix of sand, chalk and clay soils and the vines are 25 years old. Aged in old, large casks (botti) for 20 months before bottling. Pristine and fresh on the palate.

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