|Dry, Red, Full Bodied, Floral Perfume, Tannic, Spice, Elegant, Oak Aging,
Massolino Barolo DOCG is a full-bodied red wine sourced from the Serralunga sub-areas. Its vibrant ruby-garnet colour and range of fragrances, spanning from sweet to floral and spicy, provide the ideal profile for a classic Barolo. Its well-structured body combined with great ageing attributes make it an ultimate expression of the region. This is definitely a wine for matching with food and pairs well with game, lamb and mushroom dishes.
Decanter Magazine: 90Pts
Drinking Window: 2023 - 2045
"Massolino classically ages all their Barolos in large Slavonian oak vessels. Fully focused on rose and violet, with fresh watermelon and a citrussy note enhanced by cinnamon and rhubarb, this Barolo is deliciously complex and classic for Serralunga, with crisp acidity and firm tannins wrapped up in flowery notes, leading to a dusty finish."
About the Producer
This 23 hectare estate has been in the Massolino family since 1896. Since 1994 the style of the wines has undergone a subtle transformation. Winemaker Franco Massolino has done a wonderful job of marrying change with a respect for tradition, something that sets him apart from most of the younger producers in Barolo today. This is in part dictated by the nature of the vineyards that the Massolino family owns in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba - the source of some of the greatest, most structured, robust and long-lived Barolo wines.
Vineyard and Winery
Grapes for this Barolo, first produced in 1911, come from several vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba and Castiglione Falletto. The vineyards are located at an altitude of 320-360 metres above sea level, on soils composed predominantly of limestone.The vines are between 10 and 55 years old and Guyot trained with planting density of 5,000-6,000 vines per hectare.
Maceration and fermentation in oak fermenters (“tini”) lasted approximately 15 days at temperatures between 31-33°C. Ageing took place in large Slavonian oak casks for 30 months followed by a year in bottle before release
I must confess that having been brought up with French and German wines, I am Italian wine naive. Over time, I had heard conflicting reports of Barolo- from "overhyped" to "Nectar of the Gods". Prior to this, I had twice bought "budget Barolo" only to be unimpressed. This was silly, as the lower end of a range is very unlikely to be either representative of the genre or to indicate what its true potential will be.
Recently I had a friend visiting, who I knew to be a Barolo aficionado. I also knew that I had to serve the real deal- just as I would not entertain a concert Violinist with a grade-three squeaky violinist!
This wine was chosen under the guidance of my friends here at Aitken's. My visitor was superlative in her description, appreciation, and enjoyment of this wine. I too was impressed and realised my earlier past errors of buying budget (not from Aitken's I might add!). So thank you, Aitken's.
So what does this wine look and taste like? It is unlike the Bordeau that I am used to, being lighter and clearer in colour. It is not as "heavy" either but does not lack in character, flavour, or finesse. It was extremely smooth and I found it very enjoyable. I can now understand the reputation that it has acquired, and this wine is certainly not "overhyped". This is a wine that you will not tire of drinking, but rather will be disappointed when the last drop has left the bottle.
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