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Expert Picks: Luciano Sandrone and Bartolo Mascarello

Posted on | April 22, 2014 | Written by Francesco Vigorito | No Comments

Francesco_11996 is arguably one of the top five vintages for Barolo; however, it was very overlooked at the time because of the insane structure and austerity present in the wines. This restrained vintage was preceded the rich and opulent 1997s, which got all the attention of the latter part of the ‘90s. Almost twenty years later, the wins have come into their own, and I want to suggest a pair of 1996s that Barolo lovers should secure for their cellars.

Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 1996 $275.00

Here we have Sandrone’s flagship single-vineyard Barolo, which is stunning on many levels. Although Sandrone extracts more fruit from his Barolo than most, he does not sacrifice detail and harmony. The 1996 is a phenomenal amalgam of structure and fruit and this wine will go on drinking for another 5-10 years.

Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1996 $349.00

B. Mascarello is one of the original Barolo greats and he is showing his stuff off in a vintage that perfectly characterizes what he brings to the table. Earth, flowers, spice, tobacco and sweet cherry fruit are all bound together by incredible structure and freshness. Crafted from four different vineyard sites, this traditional cuvee represents Barolo in its fullest expression and at its finest qualities.

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