We are certainly great fans of the genuine and off-hand made Barolo from producer Bartolo Mascarello and as expected, their 2010 does not disappoint us a bit either. Believing in the principle that vineyards are unequally perfect in each vintage, a great Barolo is made by blending vineyards and in this case; Rocche dell’Annunziata, Cannubi, San Lorenzo and Rue. The tradition here is to conduct very lengthy extraction of the skins (maceration), but in this vintage they did 56 days which apparently is the longest in their history. The great 2006 vintage was tasted here.
Colour is transparently blood orange pulp with tints of orange-red purple in the middle and transparent edges at this stage.
After three hours of decanting, a scent of distinct dried oil paint, raspberry candy and cut rose petals that really is the signature of this great producer leaves the glass in slow waves. After several more hours, it is reluctantly woken up from its beauty sleep and there is suddenly a lovely and genuine deep inner perfume lurking. However, it is naturally very, very reticent and analytic at this stage, but already tremendously complex and it obviously broods on something very special.
The palate is full of juicy blood orange and incredibly pure, highly concentrated, deep layers of red fruit coated in crystalline, delicate minerals and balsamic herbs. In addition, Asian spices, dry licorice-root and the persistent finish is genuinely austere, but certainly not dry. Texture is currently a little grainy, but tannins are perfectly ripe, soft and chewy which is the trademark of the vintage. It is supple and seamless with already truly impressive balance. However, it certainly needs a lot of time to evolve, but it will be a masterpiece. We guess you should open this in 2022, if you can still find one that is.