2008 Giuseppe Mascarello "Monprivato" Barolo (Pre-Arrival)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium red. Ineffable soil-driven aromas of strawberry, dried flowers, rust, mocha and pungent minerality. Juicy and highly complex, offering saline, savory flavors of strawberry, minerals and underbrush. This is about white soil perfume and subtlety, not weight but there's terrific intensity nevertheless. Finishes suave and vibrant, with uncanny subtle length. Built for a long and graceful life in bottle. Mascarello owns 6.5 hectares of this prime south-facing cru in Castiglione Falletto. He has mostly lampia clone planted here but also has 18% old-vines michet and 6% rose.
What a pleasure it is to check in on the 2008 Barolo Monprivato, a wine that is just beginning to open up texturally. The aromas and flavors still need time to fully develop, but there is little question the 2008 is a beautiful Barolo. Today, it is the wine's delicate, perfumed personality that is most apparent. The 2008 continues to grow in the glass, but how much weight it puts on in bottle is really anyone's guess. 95+.
#6 Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2013! Detailed and fragrant, offering floral, strawberry, cherry, licorice and spice flavors, this is elegant and underlined by a strong mineral streak. Well-proportioned, picking up intensity and complexity on the long, savory finish. Extremely fresh and classy. Best from 2016 through 2035.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Readers will have to be especially patient with the 2008 Barolo Monprivato, a wine that has none of the early appeal of other recent vintages. Still very much closed in on itself, the 2008 possesses serious depth, power and structure, but those elements are suppressed by the recent bottling. Dried rose petals, crushed berries and mint are some of the nuances that flesh out on the powerful, imposing finish. I don’t think the 2008 will ever match the 2006 or 2007, but it is going to be fun seeing how close it gets. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2048.