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Barolo is one of Italy’s and the world’s greatest wines. The prices of these wines have risen considerably in the past decade. Some classic Barolos have gone through the roof in price. Is it still possible to find value in the region? Enter Mauro Sebaste.
If you talk to hardcore fans of Piedmontese wines, they can recall the wines of Mauro Sebaste. However, due to property disputes and other obstacles, the wines fell into obscurity. In recent years, Mauro Sebaste has been working hard to restore their name and once again climb to the top of the quality ladder.
The recent set vintages prove that Mauro Sebaste is on the right track. All of the wines I taste are very good with one being outstanding. All of the wines are focused on elegance and pleasure, not extraction and wood. If you’ve been searching for an under-the-radar producer in the region, look no further.
- Mauro Sebaste, ‘Casa Berzia’ Diano d’Alba 2019
“This is the first Dolcetto I’ve wanted multiple glasses of!”
Charine’s enthusiasm is a true testament to the lovely Mauro Sebaste, ‘Casa Berzia’ Diano d’Alba 2019. This is 100% Dolcetto. It’s a more delicate style of this grape. Notes of blueberry, cranberry, incense, and a touch of hazelnut. It’s plush and fruity up front with chewy tannins on the backend. It’s more complex than your average Dolcetto. Score: 88/100
- Mauro Sebaste, ‘Centobricchi’ Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2017
The Mauro Sebaste, ‘Centobricchi’ Barbarea d’Alba Superiore is a single-vineyard Barbera aged in wood. This is bigger and denser at 15.5% ABV. There are notes of cherry, mocha, leather, peat, and a touch of tangerine peel. It’s a fantastic, fruity red with plenty of complexity. There’s ripe fruit, crunchy acidity, and a touch of tannins. Long finish. Score: 90/100
- Mauro Sebaste, ‘Costemonhisio’ Nizza 2017
The Mauro Sebaste, ‘Costemonhisio’ Nizza is 100% Barbera. Pretty nose of violet, cranberry, cherry, and earth. There’s plenty of fruit here on the front with the structure to hold it together on the back end. There are some big-time tannins here and the acidity is high. Nizzas age really well, This is young and not close to showing its full potential. Score: 91/100
- Mauro Sebaste, ‘Parigi’ Nebbiolo d’Alba 2018
Mauro Sebaste, ‘Parigi’ Nebbiolo d’Alba has notes of cranberry, sour cherry, smoke, and crushed roses. Round on the palate with very bright, citrusy acidity. The red fruit stands out here with a touch of earthiness on the palate. Small, grippy tannins. It’s a ‘Baby Barolo’ that offers tremendous value for money. Score: 90+/100
- Mauro Sebaste, ‘Trèsüri’ Barolo 2016
The Mauro Sebaste, ‘Trèsüri’ Barolo is a blend of three vineyards, with most of the fruit coming from La Morra. This 100% Nebbiolo is elegant and nuanced. Notes of rose petal, perfume, sour cherry, cranberry, and a hint of leather. This is a Barolo that is drinking fine right out of the gate. There’s a sensual feel on the palate and the tannins hit hard on the back end. Great length for an entry-level Barolo. Score: 92/100
- Mauro Sebaste, ‘Cerretta’ Barolo 2016
The Mauro Sebaste, ‘Cerretta’ Barolo is from this magical vineyard in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba. Usually, the Barolos from this commune are rich and structured, requiring a lot of bottle age to soften the tannins. This is different. It’s elegant and ready to go right from the bottle. There are notes of leather, smoke, sour cherry, perfume, and rose petal. It’s more of an elegant Barolo, not a monster like typical Serralunga d’Albas. Ripe tannins and a long, spicy finish. It’s everything you could want in a classic Barolo. Score: 94+/100
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