The Villero was harder to read on our visit, tasted before bottling. While the nose was a little shy, the palate showed great vibrancy and potential. A wine of subtlety exuding notes of fresh red cherry, strawberry, rosehip and mint, the 2019 has very fine acidity and ripe, pliant tannins. The vines for this wine were planted in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Villero is a south west facing vineyard in Castiglione Falletto, the soils are a mix of sand and clay which tends to produce highly aromatic wines.
Giuseppe Mascarello is truly one of the great wines estates in the world. Their fabulous vineyard holdings, above all a sizeable 6.25ha of the legendary Monprivato vineyard, and a gentle, traditional approach to making wine result in some of the most ethereal, distinctive and sought-after wines in the world. The Mascarello family have been running their estate since the late 1800s. In 1980 current owner Mauro Mascarello took over from his father and has since seen the estate’s stock rise considerably amongst wine lovers globally and with his son Giuseppe and daughter Elena now alongside him, the domaine’s future looks bright. The wines are fermented with wild yeasts and are aged in large old wooden casks for several years before bottling without filtration.