The Mascarello family began estate-bottling in 1881. Today, their estate holds a monopoly of the great Monprivato vineyard, producing some of Barolo’s longest-lived and most complete wines from its soils. The Mascarellos practice “natural” viticulture, and prune to limit yields. All harvesting is by hand. No chemical pesticides or fertilizers are employed in the vineyards. Winemaking shows the utmost respect for tradition and the terroir – simple fermentations with the native yeasts, and long aging in large, neutral barrel. Besides the flagship Monprivato, there are now a Mascarello Barolo “Villero” (another superb vineyard in Castiglione Falletto, of which the Mascarellos own just over half a hectare and began bottling this in 1978). Pressed rose, wild berry, underbrush and new leather aromas shape the delicate, enticing bouquet. On the ethereal palate, taut refined tannins support cranberry, sour cherry, white pepper, sage and a hint of tobacco alongside rather firm acidity.