Marciano Estate can be found in the lower part of the Mayacamas Mountains, just southwest of St. Helena. The estate was previously owned by the Bourn family. This successful family became known mostly in San Francisco during the gold rush. In 1872, the Bourns bought the estate, which then had a total area of 40 hectares. This was the birth of the Madroño winery. Unfortunately, much of the original estate burned down in 1888. The second house, which was built later, is still in good condition on the property. A beautiful piece of history!
In 2006, the winery was sold to the current owner, Maurice Marciano. He changed the name from Madroño to Marciano Estate. Maurice has invested much to take the wine estate to the next level. One of the things he did, was reducing the vineyard area to less than five hectares. That way, only the very best vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot remained. The wine cellar was designed by the well-known architect Howard Backen, who has designed several wine cellars of renowned wineries.
Maurice also gathered a professional team around him. Together, they work on their common goal to produce high-quality wines. Five different wines come from Marciano's cellars. The Cabernet Sauvignon Marciano Estate and M by Marciano are the most sought-after wines. The red wines are aged in French oak barrels. The maturation period is 20 to 22 months. Two red wines, Terra Gratia and Marciano Kosher Cabernet Sauvignon, are produced in a kosher way. These wines are produced under the supervision of a Rabbi. For the red wines, it is recommended to carafe them for 1 to 2 hours. Then, the beautiful bouquet can open up well.
Marciano Estate's wines are characterized by complexity and an everlasting aftertaste. The wines can easily be kept for twenty years. The best vintages are: 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.Read more