Cantina Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Nebbiolo 2009

$129

GUARANTEED BEST PROVENANCE: IMPORTED BY AIR FROM ITALY AND STOCKED IN CALIFORNIA Much more approachable today than the unicorn 2010 vintage, the 2009 Bartolo is perfect to enjoy now with succulent red cherry juices, anise, dried rose, carnations, tobacco. This comes in at a decent price for such a grand producer, I'd share this with good friends over a fine meal of grilled veal chops. Collectors please note: This is direct from Barolo, flown over and babied in my temp-controlled warehouse. Provenance doesn't get any better than this. This wine will lay down for another 15-20 years.

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Ratings on Delectable

Jay Kline Delectable Pro

This bottle was part of a really fun ensemble of Barolos, generously shared and curated by our friend Tim. Served blind after a lengthy slow-ox, the group of us knew we were drinking Barolo but that’s it. Visually, there were no obvious signs of age. Cherries were the predominate fruit characteristic and those at the table agreed there was a savory nature to this wine that was quite attractive. Super dry and tannic. Balanced. By all accounts, a very good, elegant wine. That being said, on this night, to my palate, I got the sense that this didn’t exhibit the energy shown by two of the other examples on the table (but clearly more than one that seemed to show quite a bit of age). The fruit just wasn’t as laser focused and it seemed to be missing something that the other three had. I have to admit that I was a bit surprised after this was revealed to be a 2009 Barolo Mascarello with impeccable provenance. Now it has me wondering about the 2009 vintage in general. Are they just going through a phase or are they losing steam? Maybe the warmth of the vintage is playing a role in its development. I’d love to revisit this wine again sometime.

This bottle was part of a really fun ensemble of Barolos, generously shared and curated by our friend Tim. Served blind after a lengthy slow-ox, the group of us knew we were drinking Barolo but that’s it. Visually, there were no obvious signs of age. Cherries were the predominate fruit characteristic and those at the table agreed there was a savory nature to this wine that was quite attractive. Super dry and tannic. Balanced. By all accounts, a very good, elegant wine. That being said, on this night, to my palate, I got the sense that this didn’t exhibit the energy shown by two of the other examples on the table (but clearly more than one that seemed to show quite a bit of age). The fruit just wasn’t as laser focused and it seemed to be missing something that the other three had. I have to admit that I was a bit surprised after this was revealed to be a 2009 Barolo Mascarello with impeccable provenance. Now it has me wondering about the 2009 vintage in general. Are they just going through a phase or are they losing steam? Maybe the warmth of the vintage is playing a role in its development. I’d love to revisit this wine again sometime.

9.2

Doug Kahn Delectable Pro

Lovely young and old

Lovely young and old

9.4

Joel Tan

Star of the show, quite approachable for such a young Barolo. Delicate and elegant in the notes, though tannins suggest it's still got some time to integrate. Leaves a certain salinity in the mouth that makes you want more

Star of the show, quite approachable for such a young Barolo. Delicate and elegant in the notes, though tannins suggest it's still got some time to integrate. Leaves a certain salinity in the mouth that makes you want more

8.7

riesling24 Delectable Pro

For a long time in memory ... #Barolo #nebbiolo #Italy #piemont #winetasting #tasting #vigne #vines #nature #canubbi #jajadujour #organic #biodynamie #vignoble #Wine #winelover #naturalwine #organicwine #vin #vinnaturel #instawine #italia #winetime #wineporn #winegeek #bartolomascarello #italie

For a long time in memory ... #Barolo #nebbiolo #Italy #piemont #winetasting #tasting #vigne #vines #nature #canubbi #jajadujour #organic #biodynamie #vignoble #Wine #winelover #naturalwine #organicwine #vin #vinnaturel #instawine #italia #winetime #wineporn #winegeek #bartolomascarello #italie

9.7

Jason Heller Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier

Another wine showing apparent RS

Another wine showing apparent RS

9.0

Jeff Burrows Delectable Pro

Lovely even this young. Sure, its tannic, but excellent balance. Showing better than the Elio Altare due to no obvious oak.

Lovely even this young. Sure, its tannic, but excellent balance. Showing better than the Elio Altare due to no obvious oak.

9.4

Ben Leger Delectable Pro

Blind Tasted with rock star @Bobby Stuckey at #advancedsommeliercourse in Dallas. Amazing purity and elegance. #barolo #mascarello #nailedit

Blind Tasted with rock star @Bobby Stuckey at #advancedsommeliercourse in Dallas. Amazing purity and elegance. #barolo #mascarello #nailedit

9.5

Jessica Garcia Delectable Pro

Classic!

Classic!

10

Peter Scudamore-Smith MW Delectable Pro

Confounding wine- Bartolo; fussy and funky; oh so powerful with suckling pig; #barolo #alcastello

Confounding wine- Bartolo; fussy and funky; oh so powerful with suckling pig; #barolo #alcastello

9.5

Rob Lateiner Delectable Pro

Totally open for business, just a bit too warm and loose. My favorite producer.

Totally open for business, just a bit too warm and loose. My favorite producer.

9.0

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