Known for his strong support of vineyard blending, as well as his outspoken favor for Slavonian oak botti, Bartolo Mascarello will forever go down as one of Piedmont’s greatest producers. Vineyards sit across four plots in Barolo, which his daughter, Maria Teresa, continues to farm with excellence and refinement. The 2009 Nebbiolo Langhe is delicate and aromatic, with floral tinged cherries and herbal undertones. Complex, classic, and delicious.
This tartly tannic, headily fragrant, beguilingly complex king of Italian red grapes is brimming with bright fruit and earthy funk -- in versions ranging from explosive (Barolo) to ethereal (Valtellina).