2015 is being praised as very good vintage for Barolo, and as such we would like to give you as much opportunity as possible to sample the gorgeous wines from this vintage. On the back of the hugely successful Piemonte sale last week, we're thrilled to be offering the wines from Serralunga producer par excellence; Massolino. The estate makes some of the most delicious Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo going around, and in addition to these, three Barolos, including two excellent single vineyard wines rarely seen outside of savvy collectors cellars, are available as well.
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2017 Moscato - $34
"The 2017 is a daisy-fresh Moscato bursting with frothy ripe pear, chamomile and acacia flower aromas and flavours. It finishes dry, chalky and super refreshing. Superb with desserts, it is also extremely seductive when served with mature, slightly spicy cheeses." - Importer
2017 Dolcetto - $34
"Deep and dark, plenty of blood plum and cherry, spice, new leather, sage and the like. Medium-bodied, ample fruit - it's really thick and meaty - also spicy, and earthy, with fat nourishing tannin, balanced acidity, grip and perfume on a pretty long finish. It'll age, and it drinks pretty well now, in a hearty food-friendly way. Excellent." - 93 points, Gary Walsh
2017 Barbera - $38
"The 2017 Barbera d'Alba represents a very successful match between grape and vintage. The 2017 summer season was extremely hot and dry, but Barbera loves heat and sunshine. This is a wine of enormous richness and intensity, both aromatically and in terms of texture. The bouquet offers dark fruit, blackberry preserves, spice and moist chewing tobacco. This is a medium- to full-bodied red with chewy, succulent fruit flavors." - 89 points, Monica Larner
2016 Langhe Nebbiolo - $48
"Langhe Neb in a screwcap. Praise be. Bright, spicy, red cherry, some new leather. Medium-bodied, fresh and lively, bright fruit, almost jubey, but savoury flavours with it. Tannin has a chamois-like feel, red fruit on the finish, and plenty of grip. It's a good iteration of this wine. Not quite ready now, and while juicy fun it may be, it'll be much better in a couple of years." - 91 points, Gary Walsh
2015 Barolo - $89
“The 2015 Barolo is almost all fruit from Serralunga d'Alba (this township makes up 99% of the blend), with a tiny part from Castiglione Falletto. Fruit comes from five vineyard sites, including Briccolina, Collaretto, Broglio and Le Turne, all in Serralunga d'Alba. The complex nature of the blend represents old-school Barolo tradition, and it works beautifully in a warm vintage such as this. (That Serralunga d'Alba's rich marlstone soil keeps the moisture of the vintage locked within.) This is a full and exuberant expression with a well-defined profile of spice, rusty nail, potting soil and truffle. Overall, this vintage is accessible, soft and delicious from the start.” - 93 points, Monica Larner
2015 Barolo Margheria - $175
“The 2015 Barolo Margheria is the first single-vinyard Barolo I tasted from Massolino in a lineup that started with the most delicate wine and ended with the most powerful expression. Considering that we are talking about Serralunga d'Alba (the township known for the most powerful Baroli overall), the word "delicate" should be taken with a grain of salt. The vines here are 37 years old, and the soils are slightly looser and sandier in nature. This wine is just slightly more accessible than the other cru expressions with elegant mineral notes that frame dark fruit, spice and pressed violets.” - 94 points, Monica Larner
2015 Barolo Parussi (Castiglione Falletto) - $175
“This wine was not made in 2014, when this vineyard site in Castiglione Falletto was hit by not one but two violent hailstorms. Thankfully, the 2015 Barolo Parussi comes from a trouble-free growing season and has resulted in one of the best expressions of the cru made by Massolino thus far, with the first vintage produced in 2007. This site sees a unique soil profile, with sand that is much richer in organic materials compared to the estate's historic vineyard sites. The terrain enjoys two exposures because the vines are planted over the crest of a hill. Harvest comes later here, as well, because the growing cycle is slower and Parussi is one of the last parcels to show beautiful leaf color in the autumn. Thanks to all those extra variables, the winemaking team has a little more to play with in order to achieve complexity and integration. In our progression from least to most powerful single-vineyard wines tasted, this was the third wine in the lineup. Indeed, this wine offers more "grasso" or body weight and volume. Dark mineral tones make for an elegant finish. However, the tannins are very young and need more time to soften. This is your proverbial cellar wine.” - 95 points, Monica Larner
2015 Barolo Parafada - $175
“The 2015 Barolo Parafada sees fruit sourced from 61-year-old vineyards planted in a spot with a steep incline that requires back-breaking labor to farm. The wine's aromas are beautifully presented and rich with black cherry and dried plum. In the mouth, this wine is generous with thick fiber and ample volume. Give it time to whittle down just a bit with extra bottle aging.” - 95 points, Monica Larner
2013 Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva* - $299 bottle // $599 Magnum
“The Vigna Rionda in Serralunga d'Alba is measured at about ten hectares, and eight single-vineyard wines claim this provenance. Massolino counts a quarter of that total, making this estate the biggest landowner in Vigna Rionda. First produced in 1982, this is the ace in Massolino's rotation, and the 2013 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda is a true standout in the appellation. It is finer, more elegant and more compact than its peers, bringing a spicy personality that belies a profound and deep nature. It's still tense, a little nervous and has some cellar time ahead of it, but this is a beautifully precise wine. This cru site is composed of sedimentary layers of sandy, yellow and ferrous marlstone that absorbs the moisture well. The soils are poor in organic substances, and therefore, the vigor of the plants is naturally reduced, as are yields, resulting in extra concentration and richness. Vignarionda also reaches phenolic maturity earlier than other sites, but that does not necessarily mean that it is the first of the vineyards to be harvested. The wine is aged in very mild oak in order to maintain the purity of the fruit and the robust tannins that come naturally to it. This is a real treasure for your cellar.” - 97+ points, Monica Larner
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