2017 was a really early, warm season, yet cool evenings did provide some rest to the vines of the region. Plum and dark red fruits, licorice and light dried herbs are just some of the characteristics of this wine. Floral notes waft from the glass while the palate is long and elegant. Very good freshness here, especially considering the trying conditions of the vintage. Some may complain that there is not enough power, yet I love the way the fruit and tannins are in perfect balance and caress your palate. It’s already looking very good, so you can happily drink a bottle or two now + cellar some for up to ten years. I must admit, under lockdown the Cook family have consumed plenty of young Barolo as well as some beautiful aged examples. I have recently loved the 2014 release of this wine (just in front of the 2015 for me). - Ian Cook, FWC.
First produced in 1911, the fruit for Massolino’s classic cuvée is selected from seven sites across roughly seven hectares of prime-sited Serralunga vineyards. The most important of these sites—Briccolina, Collareto, Broglio and Le Turne—are dotted around the town itself; Le Turne borders Margheria while Collareto lies next to Vigna Rionda. So quality real estate, folks—especially at this price. The 2016 also includes a little declassified fruit from Massolino’s Parussi Cru. Vine age varies from 10 to 55 years old.
Importantly, 2016 was the first year that Massolino’s Barolo wines were fermented in large wooden casks, or tini (previously the wines were fermented in concrete). This cuvée spent around 18 days on skins and the final blend spent 30 months in large Slovenian oak casks. The notes below speak for themselves (as does the wine!) One of the best examples of this wine we have shipped. Bibendum (importer).
“The 2017 Barolo is a gorgeous, harmonious wine. In this vintage, the straight Barolo is a bit lighter than normal, as most wines are, but it is so impeccably balanced. Pliant and inviting, the 2017 will be pleasurable to drink in another year or two. The purity of the flavors is just striking. Red berry fruit, rose petal, mint, cinnamon and crushed rose petal are some of the many aromas and flavors that grace this exquisite Barolo from the Massolino family. So many 2017s are marked by sinewy tannins, here, they are especially fine.” 92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous