Bartolo Mascarello 1952 - 2012

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Years ago a memorable visitor to the shop pointed at a bottle of Bartolo Mascarello (which was sitting on a shelf with about 60 other similar Barolos), and asked why we didn’t “sell any of the famous producers?” On inquiry it turned out that they meant Altare and Sandrone. Nonetheless, in 2016 it seems a little redundant to introduce the wines of Bartolo Mascarello – surely by now everyone knows about them? For one thing, Maria-Theresa Mascarello is doing an amazing job carrying on her father and grandfather’s legacy (her 2012 is spectacular), and despite the steadfast traditional character of the Mascarello Barolo, the wine appears at the top of the same critics’ lists as Altare and Sandrone (this is a tasting feat that I wish I could emulate, but I’m far too narrow-minded and pig-headed about what I like in Barolo).

For a long time we have been gently prodding an Italian collector to add some Bartolo Mascarello to the wines he has so generously made available for purchase (mostly gentle prodding, that is, along with some speechifying and probably a little whining. And wining.)  They have now given way, a little, though there’s plenty left in their cellar. Along with some bottles from another Italian collection, we’ve assembled what is for us a record-making list. For some reason the 2 Lotto tickets I bought recently did not hit, so we are obliged to offer these for sale. As always, the condition of each bottle is guaranteed.

In addition, please join us on November 14th at Maialino, to taste Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1954, 1955, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1974, and 1978. Dinner, with wine, service, and tax, is $650.

Jamie Wolff

 

PS: Cannubi is, of course, the famous vineyard in the town of Barolo. The Cantina Mascarello owns some land in Cannubi; their fruit from Cannubi has always been blended together with fruit from other vineyards. Beginning in the 1960s, if a wine had a vineyard name on the label then you could assume that’s where the fruit came from. But Giulio Mascarello (Bartolo’s father) put Cannubi on some labels; Maria-Theresa said he felt so attached to Cannubi that he wanted to make that close association very clear, but there was no intention to suggest that the wine came entirely from Cannubi. We have seen it before on bottles of 1958; this group includes "Cannubi" 1952, ’54, ’55, ’56, ’58, and ’60. Jamie Wolff

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Mascarello, Bartolo 1954 Barolo (vintage label handwritten)

A note about hand-written labels, and other variables in wine packaging:

My parents traveled a lot in Europe in the 1950s and ‘60s, and I remember that even in the 1960s they would remark on how signs of the war lingered – bomb damage and other un-reconstructed traces, of course, but also shortages of some basic consumer goods, like soap and toilet paper. Not surprisingly the difficulty in finding supplies extended to wine making; for example you couldn’t count on getting all of the same type of bottle every year. Add to this a farmer-wine maker’s natural and sensible frugality and you get further explanation about why some wines are not always packaged the same way. I’m not talking about First Growth Bordeaux, but in a place like Barolo, that was actually poor, and where selling wine was by no means a certainty, you made due with the materials on hand, including recycling last year’s bottles and labels when you could. For the most part wine was bottled on demand, and so the same vintage might be bottled over several years and might incorporate a variety of materials, including different bottles, corks and capsules, a variety of labels, handwritten details, or perhaps one vintage crossed-out and another written in its place – thus not wasting a perfectly good label. As related to us by Maria-Theresa Mascarello, this practice was certainly true for her grandfather and father, who until the 1980s sold almost all of their wine from the cellar to people they knew well, who were buying for their homes or restaurants, and who no issue with some mix of packaging. Even now this kind of thing happens: at another cellar my wife and I were given a bottle of the new vintage, but the vintage tags hadn’t arrived, so the wine maker wrote the year on a label from the previous year. In a sweet way that bottle is now an extra-special souvenir, and of course we have no intention of ever selling it. We just need to wait about 20 years… Jamie Wolff

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