The 1999 Barolo (magnum) is very clenched at first. Chalk, white pepper and red-toned fruit lend notable vibrancy throughout. There is some lack of focus in the bouquet at first that is distracting. When I come back to the 1999 at the end of the evening, I find a wine of greater cohesion. There is still plenty of drive and persistence. While the wine does clean up, it remains a bit unyielding.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2032
Robert Parker 93
1999 Barolo-Medium red. Mascarello’s 1999 Barolo is a brilliant effort, offering a perfumed, elegant nose and lovely notes of red cherry fruit, menthol and minerals that flow onto the palate in a display of extraordinary purity. As it sits in the glass subtle notes of earthiness and tobacco appear, the fruit becomes more ethereal, and the wine changes from its initial impression of power to more understated, nuanced expression of Nebbiolo. Deceptively medium bodied, it also has the structure to age well, and will still be a compelling Barolo at age 30. As has been the case in recent vintages I find more bottle variation than I would like, but this was the finest of the three bottles I tasted. 93/drink after 2009, 03/06 (US Importer: Robert Chadderdon, New York, NY)
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2029