The 1995 vintage was good enough in Piedmont and some great wines were made. The 1995 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo DOCG is a perfect example to introduce today.
Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. It is often referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo.
Bartolo Mascarello is a 12-acre estate, founded in 1919 by Giulio Mascarello. The estate produces just one Barolo, which is made from a mix of grapes from the family’s four Nebbiolo plots. The fruit from the vineyards is co-fermented in concrete vats by indigenous yeasts without temperature controls.
The 1995 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo is absolutely incredible wine, everything a Barolo is supposed to be. It is the first vintage being bottled with just two years in oak, as opposed to the three years that was previously the norm. On the nose, medium intensity with aromas of cherries, roses, chocolate and leather. Medium body, high acidity, high level of tannins with tart cherries, leather and rich flavours of rose on the palate. The finish is long and balanced. All together just makes you want more of this outstanding Barolo.
Amsterdam, February 18th 2020