Bartolo Mascarello’s 1978 Barolo (from 1.5 liter magnum) is a highly inconsistent wine because many of the surviving bottles and 1.5 liter magnums that are still in the market were not bottled at the estate, but were bottled from larger 1.9 liter magnums by the original purchasers of the wine, a practice that was not unusual at the time. Thankfully, this magnum was firing on all cylinders. With age, Bartolo Mascarello’s wines become quite delicate and Burgundian, but the 1978 still has plenty of power and structure. The vineyard sites were the same as today, Rocche dell’Annunziata, Cannubi, Rue and Cannubi/San Lorenzo, all vinified together in cement and bottled after four years.
Robert Parker 95
Mascarello’s 1978 is an immensely appealing, delicate Barolo. Spiced and balsamic on the nose, it shows beautifully nuanced, sweet fruit that blossoms on the palate with an ethereal, perfumed quality, closing with great length and balance. You never know what you’re going to get with Bartolo Mascarello, but when the wines are on, they are unforgettable. 95/drink now-2008
Anticipated maturity: 2005-2008