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Bartolo Mascarello ’10 Barolo Release, Antinori’s $90 Brunello Riserva, and Fiorano Bianco!
June 10, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

"No Barrique, No Berlusconi" was Bartolo Mascarello's anthem. This man of unyielding conviction, who inherited his father's passion for both the grape and politics, passed away in March, 2005. However, like his father, he instilled the value of traditional wine and the techniques of how to make it in the next generation, his daughter Maria Teresa, who now makes her wines as her father did. The door is still open at Via Roma 15, and the tradition is very much alive. In fact, the last few Mascarello vintages indicate that the tradition is more than alive--in the hands of the resolute, skilled Maria Teresa, this traditional estate is thriving.

It's an unusual story. Maria Teresa was raised surrounded by wine but she didn't drink it. She didn't want anything to do with wine, in fact, and planned to be a French teacher. In the early 2000s, Maria Teresa decided that she needed to learn winemaking from her father in order to run the family estate. A wiry, diminutive woman with her father's protruding Roman nose, thin lips, and strong jaw, Maria Teresa projects confidence and could probably get pretty scrappy in a fistfight. Since taking over the Mascarello estate, Maria Teresa has run it with unwavering adherence to her father's iconoclastic traditionalism, and every vintage the wines grow better and better.

Today, I'm very pleased to bring you three Bartolo Mascarello wines from Piemonte's stellar 2010 vintage: the estate's insanely good Barbera, it's exceptional Dolcetto and its exquisite Barolo. I've never been shy about my love for traditional Barolo in general or Bartolo Mascarello's Barolo in specific, but this '10 Barolo raises the bar even higher. This is a gorgeous wine; it showed its promise when I tasted in barrel, and it'll only get better every year until you open it. Prepare to be floored once more by the genius of Bartolo Mascarello.

Along with these extraordinary Bartolo Mascarello bottlings, I'm very pleased to present a new release from Antinori's Montalcino estate, the family's Pian Delle Vigne 2009 Brunello Riserva Ferrovia; this is a must-have wine for Brunello enthusiasts who don't want to wait to drink their wine! Finally, I've long been proud to offer the wines of Fiorano, and today I highlight a special Malvasia bottling that I enjoyed recently and wanted to share with you. It'll make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about vintage Italian whites.

Enjoy!

 
Today's Featured Sections Include:

  

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Must-Have 2010 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo--and More!
2. Only At IWM: 
Best Antinori Brunello Yet? Pian Delle Vigne 2009 Brunello Riserva Ferrovia
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Cult Inspiring Fiorano No. 32 Bianco 1993
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Two Elegant Arnoux-Lachaux 2009 Vosne-Romanée
5. Wine Events: June Wine Tastings


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Fiorano No. 32 Bianco 1993 750ml
Fiorano No. 32 Bianco 1993 750ml
Price: $124.00
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 2010 750ml
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 2010 750ml
Price: $699.00