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Massolino Barolo, DOCG, 2016, Serralunga d'Alba, Piemonte, Italy

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Another wonderful Barolo, produced by the very well respected Massolino family in one of the best vintages on record.

The wine is full bodied, elegant and well structured and displays complex spicy, sweet, floral and fruit aromas.

The Wine:

2016 is one of the best vintages on record and started with one of the warmest winters in the last 60 years. The growing season started early, but this advance was offset by persistently cool and rainy conditions in spring. After this, the weather stabilized and was perfect going into the summer - not too hot, with a little rain. Long, dry, sunny days and cool nights in September had a big impact on quality. This weather allowed the grapes to achieve full phenolic ripeness while also retaining the variety's typically high acidity. This is a generous vintage with very high quality being noted across all varieties.

This 23 hectare estate has been in the Massolino family since 1896. 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.

Fruit for the Barolo was sourced from grapes grown in several vineyard sites in Serralunga d'Alba and Castiglione Falletto, situated at an altitude of 320-360 metres above sea level. The soil is composed predominantly of limestone and the vines range in age from 10-55 years old.

The wine was matured in large oak casks for 30 months followed by a year in bottle before release.

Tasting Note:

This wine has a bright ruby-garnet colour. The grapes come from different sub-areas of Serralunga, therefore on the nose there is a spectrum of perfumes, ranging from spicy to sweet, floral and fruit. On the palate, it is full-bodied, elegant and well structured.

The Facts:

Wine

Barolo

Vintage

2016

Style

Red Wine

Grape Variety

Nebbiolo

Alcohol Content

14.5%

Closure

Natural cork

Bottle Size

750ml

What the critics say:

Located directly in the village of Serralunga d`Alba, the Massolino estate blends its classic Barolo from five diverse plots throughout the township as well as one in the neighbouring Castiglione Falletto. A fascinating mix of tar, wild broom, exotic spice and irony notes weave through this wine from start to finish. Assertive, ripe tannins wrap around palate which is full and concentrated yet well-proportioned. There is superb underlying juiciness here. 92 points - Michaela Morris Decanter.com Premium

A stream of pure, juicy cherry fruit is at the heart of this red, along with mineral, tobacco and wild herb notes. Firm and tightly wound, with a matrix of dense, refined tannins for support. All the elements are in the right proportions, this just needs time. 95 points - Wine Spectator

The classic Massolino 2016 Barolo sources its fruit from Serralunga d'Alba, although a tiny percentage of Castiglione Falletto is part of the blend. This wine is linear and tight, with an arsenal of important Nebbiolo aromas ranging from red cherry and cassis to spice, smoke, licorice, dried ginger, rusty nail and blood orange. What really stands out is the structural importance of the wine. It delivers firmness and strength, while allowing the delicate side of the grape to coexist without interference. 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Red-berry, ground clove and rose-petal aromas appear in the glass. On the linear, elegantly structured, palate, white pepper, star anise and orange-zest notes accent a Marasca cherry core while firm fine-grained tannins provide support. It's balanced, with fresh acidity. 92 points - Wine Enthusiast

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