The 2001 Barolo is solid, with good depth and plenty of richness, but it doesn’t quite reach the level of the best wines in this tasting, nor does it really appear to be one of the finer wines of the vintage. I expected a little bit more here. In particular, the aromatics lack focus.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031
Robert Parker 88
The 2001 Barolo (from magnum) offers up licorice, tobacco, smoke, plums and prunes. The fruit has begun to fade, yielding to early tertiary scents as this medium-bodied wine continues to open up over time. The 2001 has more than enough depth and persistence to drink well for a number of years, but it is also more forward than I expected. Stylistically, the 2001 is on the delicate side, and does not appear to be built for the long haul. This is a period when the Mascarello wines were inconsistent, something proprietor Maria-Theresa Mascarello has addressed in a big way over the last few years. As it turns out, I also tasted a magnum of the 1993 next to the 2001 and found it much more youthful, rich and ageworthy. There is little question which of the two vintages I would prefer to own. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021