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Giuseppi Mascarello & Figlio - Barolo 'Villero' 2018 (750ml)

Price: $179.95

In Mixed Case: $161.96

Producer Giuseppi Mascarello & Figlio
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Varietal Nebbiolo
Vintage 2018
Sku 82493
Size 750ml

Giuseppi Mascarello & Figlio Description

The estate of Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio has a long and illustrious history in Piemonte, and is unequivocally one of the greatest Barolo producers. This traditionally-styled winery is now run by Mauro Mascarello, who is the fourth generation of the family to head the domaine, along with his daughter, Elena. The estate’s origins date back to the mid-1800s, when Giuseppe Mascarello made a name for himself managing the vineyards of other landowners, and which ultimately culminated in the purchase of his own vineyards and cellars in 1881 in the village of Monforte d’Alba. 

Mauro Mascarello is often described as “an enlightened traditionalist” when it comes to his winemaking approach. Now assisted ably by his son Giuseppe, there are no new French oak barrels or roto-fermenters to be found in the Mascarellos’ cellars, as the wines continue to be made in the old Slavonian oak botti (very large casks) purchased by his father in the 1950s. The Barolos (there are now a handful of different vineyard-designated bottlings) are macerated for about thirty days during fermentation (down from sixty days back in the old days), raised for approximately three and a half years in old wood, and then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Unerringly they are always amongst the finest examples of their respective vintages, which blossom after six to ten years of bottle age and evolve brilliantly over the ensuing twenty-five to forty years. 

Villero vineyard in the village of Castiglione Falletto (CN)

Clayey-sandy, calcareous, composed of grey marl, brown clay and grey sand of marine origin.
Harvested by hand in the first two weeks in October
Traditional, floating cap fermentation for 20-25 days.
The wine is aged in large Slavonian oak casks for 36 months.
Their piece of Villero has been in the Mascarello family since 1985.

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