Wednesday 6 March 2019

Long Overdue Notes - The Barolo Boys In Piedmont April 2018 - Part Four - Visits To Paitin, Giuseppe Mascarello, Bartolo Mascarello & Luigi Pira

Another day in Paradise, more people to meet and wines to taste!

My first visit to this Barbaresco producer but hopefully not my last, for they produce some really fine Nebbiolo´s. We were greated by Luca and he showed us the cellars before we took place in the tasting room and really enjoyed ourselves.

The Paitin estate was founded in 1796!

2013 Barbera d´Alba Campolive
The nose is open and fine with notes of fried nuts, raspberry licorice and assorted spices.
The taste is fresh and fine with a very good acidity and a notes of dried raspberries, red beets and dry licorice. For drinking now and the coming 5+ years.
88p   (tasted 2018/04)

2015 Nebbiolo d´Alba Ca Veja
The 15 Ca Veja sports a herbal, warm nose with notes of red cherries, undergrowth, dried flowers and a hit of chili! Very, very good.
The taste is tight and fine-limbed with notes of rosehips, red cherries, gravel and dry licorice. Long and fine. 3+ years.
90p   (tasted 2018/04)

2014 Barbaresco Serraboella
The nose is low keyes and elegant with notes of hard cherry candy, toasted almonds, herbs and a hint of tobacco. Very, very good.
The taste is handsome and refined with notes of roses, mushrooms, red cherries and tobacco. Polished tannins in the long finish. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2018/04)

2014 Barbaresco Sori` Paitin
This is a beauty with depth and intensity. Fine notes of ripe red cherries, warm sand, sandelwood and rosehips. Crisp. Just lovely.
The taste is silky and persistent with notes of hard cherry candy, chalk, undergrowth and a hint of tar. Very long and lingering. Great wine. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/04)

2004 Barbaresco Sori` Paitin
The vines in Sori`Paitin is 43 years old. The 04 has a deep, somewhat mature nose with gorgeous notes of dried up cherry jam, iron, Finnish licorice and old leather. Very fine.
The taste is mature and balanced with a fine driep up sweetness and notes of dried cherries, tobacco, asphalt and iron. Very long. Just lovely to drink now and the coming 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/04)

Father & son

2004 Barbaresco Sori` Paitin Vecche Vigne

65 year old vines! This is a marvellous wine. The nose is deep and focused with notes of old leather, hard cherry candy, furniture polish, dried rose petals and ceps. A hint of maturity but this will go on for ages.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of dried flowers, red cherries, sandelwood, Finnish licorice, forest floor and even a hint of mint. Very, very long and energetic. Still needs 6+ years in the cellar. Brilliant.
95p   (tasted 2018/04)

Produced since 1893! We tried to persuade Luca to take the Coravin to this bottle.....:-)

Giuseppe Mascarello

Only my second visit to this revered estate and the first time I had the pleasure to meet Elena, daughter of Mauro and Maria Teresa Mascarello.

2016 Dolcetto d´Alba Vigna Santo Stefano di Perno
A delicate, open nose with notes of blueberries, smoke, chrushed rocks and licorice. Very, very good.
The taste is fresh and tight with notes of blueberries, bay leaves, gravel and a hint of tobacco. Juicy tannins. Very fine. According to Elena this Dolcetto grows on soil perfect for Barolo, but they make Dolcetto!
90p   (tasted 2018/04)

2015 Langhe Freisa Toetto
A linear, dry nose with notes of ripening lingonberries, bakelite and earth. A tad hollow.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of lingonberries, gravel and moist earth. Noticable tannins. Long. Very good but me and Freisa can´t seem to work things out...
86p   (tasted 2018/04)

2010 Barolo Riserva Ca d`Morissio
This bottle had been open for two days and Elena didn´t think it was really up to par. But I liked it! The nose is a bit subdued but very deep and displays fine notes of ripe cherries, fir wood, rosehips and forest floor. Refined and with lots of character.
The taste is concentrated and almost inky with notes of ripe cherries, dried up raspberry jam, licorice, paint and dry tobacco. A very fine finish, although a bit short. I guess a freshly opened bottle would have rocked my world.
90p   (tasted 2018/04)

2013 Barolo Monprivato
A low keyed yet intense nose with notes of fresh cherry fruit, forest floor, spice, incense and rosehips. Some balsamic aromas. Very fine.
The taste is high, tight and fine with notes of hard cherry candy, forest floor, spices, dried flowers and sand. Very, very long. Needs 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/04)

Bartolo Mascarello
Back with Maria Teresa, a must when visiting Piedmont! Always a treat!

2015 Freisa
Maria Teresas Freisa is earthy and pure with notes of red currants, red apples, dusty earth and stables.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of red currants, cranberries, earth and bakelite. As I said regarding Giuseppe Mascarellos version above, me and Freisa haven´t (yet?) connected.
87p   (tasted 2018/04)

All mine.... :-)

2014 Barolo
The last vintage with the ordinary blend of vineyards. San Lorenzo is having the vines replanted so a part in Bussia will replace it from 2015 onwards.
The 14 Barolo sports a high, low keyed intense nose with notes of minerals, red cherries, paint, incense and chrushed rocks. Very handsome.
The taste is racy and elegant with notes of red currants, minerals, dried rose petals and incense. Finely balanced. Just lovely. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/04)

2013 Barolo 
Tasted with Maria Teresa six months ago and it is as great as then. Maybe it has closed up just a tad, but oooh boy, this is a stunning Barolo. 8+ years.
96p   (tasted 2018/04)

2015 Langhe Nebbiolo
It says Langhe Nebbiolo on the label but lots and lots of producers would be proud if this could be their Barolo. Sucked up on the market on release, almost impossible to find (only 3.500 - 4.000 bt/year), but if you find it, buy it!
The nose is deep, warm and spicy with notes of raspberries, bay leaves, forest floor, hand cream and a hint of dog fur (in a positive sense!). Very fine.
The taste is delicious and harmonious with notes of ripe red cherries, balsa wood, earth and fresh herbs. Long and luscious. 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/04)

Luigi Pira
It is always a treat to visit Gianpaolo and taste these great Serralunga wines!

Disclaimer - the importer of Marengo and Luigi Pira to Sweden (Origo Wines) are friends of mine and co founders of The illustrious Barolo Boys. I, however, have no financial interests in these wines, I just call them as I see them.

2017 Dolcetto d´Alba
The 17 Dolcetto brims with life in the shape of a luscious nose with notes of ripe blueberries, spices, iron and gravel. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and inky with notes of blood & iron, blueberries, violets and gravel. Very structured. A real Serralunga Dolcetto, maybe the best ever from Gianpaolo.
90p   (tasted 2018/04)

2016 Barbera d´Alba Superiore
A cool, spicy nose with notes of raspberries and blackberries with licorice, chrushes rocks and fir wood. Very, very good.
The taste is structured and warm with notes of spicy raspberries, licorice and a hint of dark chocolate. A very fine acidity. Long.
90p   (tasted 2018/04)

2016 Langhe Nebbiolo
As fine as when tasted six months ago. 2016 is going to turn out greeeeaaaat!
92p   (tasted 2018/04)

2014 Barolo Serralunga
Also tasted six months ago, this blend of all the cru´s is a really great wine and it will be fun following this over the coming 8+ years.
91p   (tasted 2018/04)

The 2015 Baroli 
I had the exact same scores for the 15 cru´s as in November 2016. The only exception was the 15 Serralunga which I found even better than the last time.

2016 Barolo Serralunga
On to the the 16´s! The Serralunga is young, perky and polished with notes of ripe cherries, gravel, dry licorice and hand cream. Very, very good.
The taste is cool and primary with notes of hard cherry candy, licorice, veal stock and forest floor. This is really fine.
~92p   (tasted 2018/04)

2016 Barolo Margheria
Just wooow! The 16 Margheria is a stunner, with gorgeous notes red licorice, ripe flowers, mushrooms and chrushed rocks. Very deep and impressive.
The taste is deep, flowery and multi layered with notes of cherry youghurt, chrushed rocks, licorice, dried flowers and mushrooms. Oooh, so complex and fine. The best Margheria ever.
~95p   (tasted 2018/04)

2016 Barolo Marenca
The 16 Marenca is deep, dark and almost dangerous....with notes of undegrowth, asphalt, very ripe red cherries and furniture polish. Very deep and fine.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of dark cherries, asphalt, rosehips and tar. The finish goes of for minutes. Stunning, but needs 6+ years in the cellar.
~93p   (tasted 2018/04)

2016 Barolo Vigna Rionda
What about the Vigna Rionda then? A marvel (as asual)! The nose is deep and aristocratic with tight notes of cherry licorice, tar, ripe flowers, smoke and expensive tobaco. Very, very fine.
The taste is brilliant and complex with notes of hard cherry candy, tonacco, bakelite, paint and fir wood. The finish goes on and on and on. This is a real stunner. 10+ years.
~97p   (tasted 2018/04)

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