Bartolo Mascarello - 'Langhe' Nebbiolo 2012
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For those that have always feared Nebbiolo as tannic and undrinkable at youth, allow this to change your mind. 'Langhe' is crafted from the same vineyards used for their flagship Barolo, although only younger vines (up to 20 years old) are blended here, and less oak aging used.
In fact, winemaker Maria-Teresa Mascarello said to us that she made this so it could be enjoyed young. Delicate, yet filled with bright cherries, roses, and spices—this will continue to improve over 5-8 years. For best results however, we would still recommend a very healthy decant of around 1-3 hours.
Annual Production: 1,500 - 2,000
Blend: 100% Nebbiolo
Terroir: Mix of sandy, calcareous clay Tortonian soils
Winemaking: Fermented in large concrete, aged 20 months in Slavonian oak
Drinking Window: 2013-2022
92 Points Antonio Galloni
"Freshly cut flowers, rose petals, sweet red berries and mint are all woven together in a wine of impeccable balance and total class. The 2011 is at once delicate and perfumed, but also has an extra level of richness from the warm vintage. The Langhe Nebiolo (note the traditional spelling with one ‘B’) is made from pre-selection of fruit taken in the vineyard and destined for a shorter fermentation/cask aging regime in the cellar." - 2011 Vintage
Bartolo Mascarello is one of the most famously traditional wineries in Piedmont. He was a defender of large Slovenian oak barrels, and low intervention in the vineyard and cellar. After his death in 2005, his daughter Maria-Teresa has continued on his legacy, crafting transparent wines of finesse.
She has been careful to always work organically and sustainably, and her wines continue to be truly some of the greatest in Piedmont.