A beautiful Barolo in an elegant but textural style. This Massolino is powerful with beautiful depth, a fine structure and real finesse. Delivering harmony with charisma in the relatively masculine style of this area, Massolino commands and transports the palate. Will age well, but its balance and generosity will makes it decantable now with some rich red meat.
92/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous (2016 Vintage)
"Massolino's 2016 Barolo is a gorgeous wine that brings together all the best qualities of the year. Bright and pliant, yet with terrific structural intensity, the 2016 is a wonderfully complete, harmonious Barolo that will delight readers for the next 15 to 20 years. Dark cherry, plum, lavender, spice, menthol and licorice add striking shades of nuance. Massolino's straight Barolo is a fabulous wine in its peer group. Vineyard sources include Briccolina, Collareto, Brolio and Le Turne. Drink 2023 – 2036."
17++/20 Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com (2016 Vintage)
"Grapes come from their Serralunga d’Alba holdings, as well as from Parussi in Castiglione Falletto. Total maceration time around 18 days. Beautiful lustrous ruby. Lifted and concentrated and with a touch of oak, but subtly done and with a hint of cumin. Generous yet fresh and tightly wound with chewy tannins, balanced by integrated, fresh acidity. Can be approached now, but has plenty of potential. Should be VGV. Drink 2020 – 2028."
Reviews for the 2015 vintage below..
93/100 Huon Hooke, July 2019 (2015 Vintage)
"Medium to full brick-red colour, showing some development. Ironstone, rocky, earthy mineral aromas, the palate is very dry, quite firm and dense. Full-bodied, with power and length. A definite step up from the Langhe Nebbiolo in complexity and depth. Very long and drying, with great sapidity. (The fruit is all from 10-55 year-old vines in Serralunga. Spent 24 months in large Slavonian oak casks of 4, 000-10, 000 litres) Drink 2019 – 2037."
92+/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, May 2019 (2015 Vintage)
"Savoury, with tea, tar, thyme but pretty too, red fruits and sour cherry. Middle-weight, sappy freshness, red fruits in the main, fine dusty tannin, crisp and moderately long to close. Very nicely done, and more to come. Barolo 101, in the best sense."