Mauro Mascarello, the owner and winemaker of this fantastic Barolo winery, is part of a family legacy that includes his father, Giuseppe, and grandfather, Maurizio. Upon recognizing the outstanding quality of the Monprivato vineyard, as something special that stood out from the other Mascarello vineyards, Mauro began making the single-vineyard label in 1970. The perfume and richness of the Monprivato will enchant and move you, which is why this wine has had world-class status for the past 45 years.
In 1853 Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild bought the estate that was formerly known as Chateau Brane-Mouton. It continued to thrive and expand, particularly through the 1900's. In 1973 Chateau Mouton Rothschild finally achieved Premiere Cru Classe, a well deserved honor that befits their high quality wines. Known equally for the very special artwork that adorns their First Growth labels, Chateau Mouton Rothschild represents a long-term family business that is dedicated to the pursuit of producing the world’s highest quality wine.
The Hestan Cabernet is made by winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, whose association alone makes this wine in high demand. As of this posting there are no scores out for the 2011, but previous years have earned Hestan high accolades and typically mid-90's ratings from critics. The wines age gracefully, thanks to the highly tannic, fruit-forward style of these wines - so you should definitely try to store these for a few years.
Roc de Cambes, acquired by Francois Mitjavile in 1987, is produced in a very similar method to Mitjavile's first brainchild, Tertre Roteboeuf, and is a wine that is lovely to drink at the start, middle and end of its 5 - 20-year drinking window.
We've been fans of Peter Michael Winery for many years. Having grown our palette around french wines, it really appeals to us.