by Paolo Repetto / 22 July 2015
Attend to a vertical tasting – even if limited in vintages - of Barolo Monprivato produced by my friend Mauro Mascarello is always a great event. The organizers were the good and competent guys from Wine Zone (www.wine-zone.it). Mauro Mascarello is undoubtedly a living legend of Barolo, one of the last representatives of a generation who made the name of Barolo famous throughout the world, together with Bartolo Mascarello, Giacomo Conterno and Bruno Giacosa. Since 1970, from the 15 hectares of the vineyard Monprivato, Mauro has been producing the namesake Barolo that has become a real cult wine for all the fans. Monprivato was known as a great vineyard since 1600, and in the 80s Mauro was able to acquire the whole property, making it one of the few Cru 'monopole' in the Barolo area. (See the company's profile Giuseppe Mascarello).
The vertical tasting was presented in a new and fun way. Vintages proposals, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2009 were presented 'blind' and each participant was asked to guess which vintage corresponded to the wine they had in the glass. The good Zarattini Andrea, who described the climate of each year and then what you had to expect from each glass, has helped many participants to match correctly each wine proposed. The tasting stressed once again the greatness of Monprivato: an elegant, unique, typical, immediately recognizable, faithful mirror of the vintage and very lengthy wine.
My predilection went to the vintage 2009, underestimated by many, the 2003 vintage and the 1990 vintage, proposed as 'out of competition'. A seductive wine, elegant, multi-dimensional, still full of energy, that reminded me some great Musigny. But every sip of each wine was pure pleasure.
Founder of Vinifera, since 2005 he works in the international business of fine wines.
In 2017 he founded Italian Wine Asset, the first Italian specialised entity for consulting on buying and selling Vineyards and Wineries.