The Barbera d’Alba 2018 Scudetto by Giuseppe Mascarello is a greedy wine.On the nose, hints of cherry and dark chocolate. In the mouth it is dense, round and with pleasant fruity references.
Giuseppe Mascarello e Son has a long and illustrious history in Piedmont and is unequivocally one of the greatest producers of Barolo. This traditionally styled winery is now managed by Mauro Mascarello, who is the fourth generation of the family running the company.
The origins of the estate date back to the mid-nineteenth century, when Giuseppe Mascarello made a name for himself in managing the vineyards of other landowners and who eventually decided to buy vineyards for his winery in 1881 near the village of Monforte d’Alba. His son Maurizio Mascarello bought the Monprivato vineyard in the nearby town of Castiglione Falletto in 1904 and moved the family business to this location. Since that day the name of Mascarello and the legendary Monprivato vineyard have been inextricably linked. In 1921 Maurizio bought an old and beautiful 18th century building in Monchiero and moved the family business there where he still resides today. When Maurizio died in 1923, his two sons, Giuseppe and Natale, took over the management of the company.
The Monprivato vineyard, with an area of six hectares, is splendidly located to the south-west, in the municipality of Castiglione Falletto. The Mascarellos own all of Monprivato (having bought small lots from a couple of neighbors in the period between 1985 and 1990), making this vineyard a “monopole” along the lines of La Tâche.
The lands of Monprivato, together with the refinement of the Nebbiolo Michét variety, produce one of the most intriguing, complex and elegant interpretations of Barolo.
Mauro Mascarello is often described as “an enlightened traditionalist” when it comes to his enological approach. There are no barriques or rotofermentini in the Mascarello cellars, as the wines continue to be aged in the old Slavonian oak barrels purchased by his father in the 1950s.