94 Points Wine Advocate
The 2011 Barolo is a very expressive wine with more determination and muscle than you usually get in the wines of Bartolo Mascarello. The bouquet opens to plush flavors of red fruit and cherry with grilled herb, tobacco and mineral delineation. Its structure is yielding and round and the finish is ripe with soft fruit flavors. Make no mistake, it doles out complexity and an ethereal sense of balsam herb, cola and licorice that is the hallmark of this historic estate with a tiny garage winery in the town of Barolo. The alcohol reading here is 14.5% compared to 14% in the 2010 vintage. The Bartolo Mascarello winery continues faithfully in its long-standing promise of delivering classic expressions of Nebbiolo in its purest form. Among Maria Teresa Mascarello's new releases, I was absolutely smitten by her work with the easy-drinking Freisa grape. I don't expect that this delicate wine will be able to withstand travel to faraway lands. But, if you are enjoying a quick plate of vitello tonnato (thin slices of veal with cream tuna sauce and capers) somewhere during your trip to Piedmont, Freisa makes an excellent pairing companion. It's a bottle to enjoy in situ. In terms of Barolo, the 3,000-square-meter vineyard in San Lorenzo is being replanted and that fruit will not feature in the 2015 Barolo. Bartolo Mascarello's Barolo is usually a blend of fruit from Canubbi, San Lorenzo, Rue, and Rocche di La Morra. The land will be left to rest for two years and replanting will start.
94 Points Vinous Media
The just-bottled 2011 Barolo is sweet, round and sensual, as it has always been from barrel. Kirsch, rose petals, sweet red cherries, crushed flowers, mint and cinnamon are all laced together in the glass. The tannins are silky, round and beautifully ripe. I expect the 2011 will offer a long and wide drinking window of pure pleasure over the next 20 years or so. This is one of the more delicate, polished 2011 Barolos readers will come across.
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