2014 bartolo mascarello, barolo, artist labels
Why We're Buying
Bartolo Mascarello Artist Labels isn't just great Barolo. It's great art. Each bottle of this exceptional red wine has hand-painted labels from Bartolo Mascarello himself. Demand continues to rise with each passing year, with the extravagant wine appreciating 114% from 2017 to 2021.
Maria Teresa Mascarello's 2014 Barolo has put on a good bit of weight since I first tasted it, yet it remains nervous, tightly wound and compact - which is to say, very much in the style of the year. Time in the glass brings out a host of bright red cherry, pomegranate, mint, leather and orange peel nuances, but only with reluctance. The 2014 is a positively electric Barolo, but it likely won't be ready to charm anytime soon. Readers should plan on cellaring it for at least a handful of years. Sadly, production is down by 40%.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Here is another very successful expression from one of the appellation's legendary estates at the heart of Barolo. The 2014 Barolo is light and delicate in appearance with a delightful bouquet of wild rose, forest berry and blue fruit. Violets and lavender give the bouquet a pretty sense of lift and intensity that reminds you of the cool climate and long growing season that characterizes this vintage. This wine also offers evident freshness with bright berry flavors and a subtle feeling of crisp crunchiness. The tannins are superbly integrated within the silky and streamlined body of this elegant Barolo. This wine will surely offer exciting bottle evolution.
This lovely radiant Barolo is another showstopper despite the difficulties of the cool wet vintage. It's incredibly elegant, with alluring scents of perfumed blue flower, rose petal, woodland berry and a whiff of menthol. The focused graceful palate boasts fantastic tension, showing wild strawberry, crushed raspberry, star anise and cinnamon framed in taut polished tannins and vibrant acidity. It's already enjoyable but will also offer good mid-term aging. Drink through 2034.