Giuseppe Mascarello Barbera d'Alba Scudetto 2016
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barbera d'Alba|
Deep ruby-red, tending to purplish. Nose of fruity aroma of ripe grapes, intense, varietal. Powerful stuffing and excellent body, well-balanced, varietal character. Pair with Red and white meats, fresh and mature cheeses, cold cuts, pasta dishes.
The 2016 Barbera d'Alba Scudetto is full of cherry, full of dark chocolate and just full in general. The Mascarello family timidly discusses this vintage during my visit to the winery the way parents of doctors and lawyers talk about their other son, the struggling actor. This dark and thick Barbera may not have the finesse or complexity of other vintages, but those who like their reds big, bold and fruity certainly will appreciate it.
Big and brooding, with chocolate, blackberry, pomegranate, earth and chestnut flavors matched to a solid structure. A bit rustic in style, yet intense and full of character. Fine length. Drink now through 2024. 800 cases made.