Daily Wine 6/21/17:
Giuseppe Mascarello – Barolo – Monprivato – 2010
- A red wine composed from 100% Nebbiolo sourced from the Monprivato vineyard of Barolo, Piemonte, Italy.
- Monprivato lies on clay-silty marl that originated in the Helvetian era of the Miocene epoch in the Tertiary period. This vineyard is located in the village of Castiglione Falletto at the center of the Barolo DOCG and is six hectares in size.
- The vineyard sits on a slope that faces southwest and gets optimal sunlight all day and produces riper and more concentrated Nebbiolo.
- Monprivato has been part of the Mascarello family since 1904 and dates back to 1666 according to land registry archives.
- Barolo DOCG is one of the top winegrowing regions of Italy, providing elegance, grip, and long-lived wines. The region prohibits the planting of Nebbiolo on complete northern-facing slopes. Those northern-facing slopes within the region are used to plant other varietals like Dolcetto and Barbera.
- The grapes here are hand-harvested and fermented traditionally before being aged for 39 months prior to bottling.
- Italy has twenty regions that all produce distinct types of wine from over 1,000 identified grape varieties.
- Nebbiolo is a grape that produces a wine with the elegance and fruit of a Pinot Noir, but with the tannins and grip of a Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Pair this with duck, squab, and braised short ribs.