WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    77% Chardonnay with 23% Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    100% single vineyard from McMinnville AVA Vineyards
  • ALCOHOL
    13.40%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • PRODUCTION
    100 Barrels Produced

If the path from sommelier to winemaker is becoming more common, Andre Hueston Mack is still in a class of all his own.  The former sommelier of The French Laundry and Wine director of Per Se, Andre earned the right to make wine for the 1% but he found his calling in creating excellent wines that everyone can enjoy. With his charming personality, tongue-in-cheek humor and formidable graphic design talent, you have the makings of brilliantly conceived, crafted and packaged Mouton Noir wines. 

From outstanding vineyards in Oregon’s Willlamette Valley and further north, these are “serious wines that don’t take themselves too seriously.”  Andre has developed a cult following with his tshirts de-rigeur at any sommelier gathering and his wines on cutting edge lists from coast to coast.

Andre’s passion for wine led him to leave his desk job in his native San Antonio to pursue a career as a sommelier. His type-A personality drove him to win the Chaine des Rotisseurs Best Young Sommelier in America competition, which brought him to the attention of Thomas Keller. After a successful stint as a sommelier at The French Laundry, Andre was chosen to head the wine team
responsible for opening Keller’s restaurant in New York, Per Se. At Per Se, Andre built the core of the 1800 label Grand Award winning list and hosted many high-end collector dinners.

He had always wanted to make wine and got his chance when he was recruited to be one of the initial sommelier consultants at the Evening Land project in Oregon. After making some Pinot Noir from the highly regarded Seven Springs vineyard, Andre found his calling. 

Andre travels over 200 days a year sharing his wines and doing education at many food and wine festivals worldwide. Andre is truly a pied piper of wine leading the next generation of wine drinkers in pursuit of the good stuff.

TASTING NOTES 

The 2017 Love Drunk is an intoxicating Rose. Much like new love, it clouds the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker. Provocative aromas of strawberry and raspberry, followed by refreshing flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind and a hint of kiwi. 

100% single vineyard from McMinnville AVA Vineyards, some of the oldest and best plantings, produce fruit of consistently outstanding quality. Taking queues from the Champagne region of France, we settled with a cepage of 77% Chardonnay with 23% Pinot Noir.