Barolo is not the wine of instant gratification that changing palates are demanding. "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--it's thriving.
Today I'm delighted to shine a spotlight on Mascarello 2006 Barolo. It's a wine that exemplifies the tradition, the mastery, the thoughtfulness and the beauty of Mascarello, and as much as it's shockingly delicious in its youth, this is a Barolo of uncompromising glory. Though you may be tempted to drink it right now, I suggest you let it sit quietly in your cellar, be patient, and then on some special evening, uncork it and prepare to be amazed.
I'm also proud to offer two wines that seem as if they're opposites, yet together they represent IWM's commitment to quality, no matter the price point: Tenuta San Guido 1999 Sassicaia and Louis Jadot 2010 Cote de Beaune Rouge. While the former is an iconic Super-Tuscan with maturity--a wine that's an indisputable luxury--and the latter is an entry-level Burgundy from a great producer, both of these wines represent the pinnacle expressions of their respective types; both come to you with impeccable care; and both are simply delicious.
Finally, I want to remind you of IWM's upcoming June 4th
winemaker dinner featuring Marchese Piero Antinori and benefiting TECHO
, the youth-led non-profit that has build almost 100,000 homes for people living in poverty throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. I'd love you to join us and help this worthy cause.