Grape variety: Nebbiolo (Michet)
The Mauro Mascarello family MONPRIVATO vineyard is located in the village of Castiglione Falletto, and is a classic prime medium-hillside site stretching over six hectares (15 acres) at 280 metres above sea level, in the heart of the Barolo wine-growing area. It is historic vineyard, as is confirmed by old land registry archives dating back to 1666.
Renato Ratti, the great scholar of the history of the Langa around Alba, listed it in 1985 amongst the eleven first category historic vineyards in the Barolo wine-growing area.
The Monprivato vineyard lies on soil originating from the Helvetian era of the Miocene epoch in the Tertiary period. it is composed of clayey-silty marl, with good structure, a high content of active limestone, and a well-proportioned supply of micro-elements. Together with the vineyard’s south-westerly exposure at midday, these elements provide the Barolo wine with excellent body, a subtle bouquet, delicate tar, a lingering aftertaste, an unmistakable clear elegance, and the ability to evolve in a very positive way over time whilst maintaining extraordinary youth and freshness.
The Mascarello family has always dedicated real passion and love to MONPRIVATO, tending to it with the utmost attention throughout its production lifecycle.
The Monprivato cru is only bottled – with a numbered label – in outstanding and excellent vintages. Any vintages which are not adjudged to be up to this extremely high quality standard become part of the normal Barolo, while others are sold as Nebbiolo Langhe.
Vineyard: Monprivato®, in the village of Castiglione Falletto (CN)
Grape Harvest: Towards the middle of October.
Wine-making process: Estate-grown bunches, thinned during the summer, undergo traditional-style, floating cap fermentation for 25 days. The wine is then matured in medium-sized Slavonian oak barrels for around 40 months.
Expected cellar life: 15/25 years
Bottling: After six years following the vintage
Colour: garnet red with orange-coloured highlights;
Nose: complex, very fruity, elegant, intense, spicy, with flowery touches;
Taste: excellent body with power and stuffing, demanding, masculine, long, full.
Type of bottle: Albeisa
Serving temperature: approx. 18°
Storage: Lying down in cool, dark surroundings