Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Visit to Giuseppe Mascarello

There is precious little light in the cellar of Giuseppe Mascarello.

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Cement fermentation tanks.

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I mention that the G. Mascarello Pugnane 1971, tasted five years ago, is perhaps the greatest wine of my experience.

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I am told that the (purchased) grapes from Pugnane were Nebbiolo Rose clone, that on release the wine was being drunk with fish without decanting, and that no other vintages from the Cru were pursued by Mascarello.

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Which is to say, maybe that isn't the one that they would pick as their greatest.

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We taste the current releases.

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Included in this grouping was perhaps the most astounding young interpretation of Villero that I know of, the G. Mascarello Villero 2006.

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Giuseppe Mascarello is perhaps most associated with the vineyard of Monprivato. I took a walk around that vineyard, and these are the shots that I took.

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The house is the Ca d'Morissio. No one lives at Ca d'Morissio at the moment, although it is currently being renovated for use as an agriturismo. The vines for the Ca d'Morissio bottling are near the house. Those are actually young vines (the first Ca d'Morissio bottling was 1993, of course). The older Monprivato vines are outside that parcel. Like Cascina Francia, Monprivato is pretty huge.

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