Somebody once told me that the difference between Barolo and Burgundy is that Barolo always tastes like Barolo. Well.. I think that’s a load of crap. I can think of no better way to prove this than with two of my favorite Nebbiolo wines which we shared with family this Thanksgiving holiday: Burlotto Monvigliero Barolo and Giuseppe Mascarello Langhe Nebbiolo.
Both of these magical wines certainly remind me of the adage: “If it’s a great wine young, it’s most likely going to be a great wine as it ages.” The perfume on the wines is fantastic, in the mouth and on the palate they are balanced, and the memory lingers long after the wine is gone. I don’t think one can ask for more; and that, in fact, is what defines a great bottle of wine.
Giuseppe Mascarello 2010 Langhe Nebbiolo ~$45.00
Cinnamon gum, bubble gum, cherry spice, fresh rum, and lavender all come to mind in this sweetly perfumed Langhe Nebbiolo from Giuseppe Mascarello. It is pretty, and floral, and ruby and it is drinking beautifully right now, but this will age wonderfully too. A delicate masterpiece. Not inexpensive for a Langhe Nebbiolo but certainly one of the finest. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Burlotto 2007 Monvigliero ~$60.00
Black olives, roasted tomato, ripe cherries. The signature Monvigliero nose is all there. The wine is suave and perfumed, and with enough backbone a subtle tannins to age gracefully. The 2007 vintage presents an opportunity to drink now or later with great reward. Certainly a candidate for the most singular Barolo. One of my all time favorite wines. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED