Giuseppe Mascarello 2016 Dolcetto d'Alba, Santo Stefano di Perno, DOC

Giuseppe Mascarello 2016 Dolcetto d'Alba, Santo Stefano di Perno, DOC

Item Number: 11602

UPC: 8-033040310862

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Piedmont
Appellation/AVA: Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Santo Stefano di Perno
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Dolcetto
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Aging: 12 months in cement tank
Fermentation: 7 days with floating cap

Winemaking Notes: The Mascarellos practice natural viticulture; no chemical pesticides or fertilizers are used in the vineyards. The vines are pruned to limit yields. All harvesting is done by hand. The winemaking shows the utmost respect for tradition and the terrior. Simple fermentation with native yeast.

91+pts (2017 Vintage) Wine Advocate 6/28/2019
"The Mascarello family makes two expressions of Dolcetto. This wine sees greater distribution in overseas markets (especially the USA), while the Dolcetto d'Alba Bricco Mirasole (which I did not taste to review during this estate visit) has a bigger presence in European markets. The 2017 Dolcetto d'Alba Santo Stefano di Perno opens to large-scale fruit with dark and luscious concentration and a lovely flavor profile with dried blackberry, dried cherry and plum at the front. This was a great vintage for growing Dolcetto, and this wine shows good cheer and inner happiness in return."


Beyond Barolo and Brunello by Tom Hyland (2012)
"Here is another excellent Dolcetto from a famed Barolo producer, Giuseppe Mascarello of Castiglione Falletto. The grapes are sourced from the family's estate vineyard in Monforte d'Alba where the Dolcetto vines were planted in 1994. Matured in cement tanks to give the wine a clear varietal focus, there are aromas of currant and plum, but the fruit notes are toned down here; there is also a noticeable savory edge on the nose. Medium-full, this offers medium-weight tannins and impressive complexity with good acidity and balance."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (6/29/2018)

    The 2016 Dolcetto d'Alba Santo Stefano di Perno wasn't fully expressing itself when I tasted my sample in April. The wine had been bottled in December and is already on the market now. The 2017 vintage will be released this upcoming September. That more closed and austere nature of the fruit in 2016 appears to be a part of the wine's character. There is plenty of acidity and a subtle tannic backbone that keeps the wine firm in the palate, and it almost feels crunchy in texture. A few more months of bottle aging might soften that tight texture.