Massolino, Barolo Parafada 2016


An outstanding Barolo showing the power and finesse of Serralunga d'Alba tannins. A wine that can age really well. Authentic AWARDS GOLD - Sommelier Wine Awards 2017 VINTAGE Winter started mild, with temperatures as high as 15°C up until the end of January, when they dropped below 0°C and heavy snowfalls created good water reserves. Vegetative recovery occurred later than usual due to the temperatures. Spring started out cool and wet in March and April. May was warmer but still wet, with the rainfall and high temperatures accelerating the vegetative growth. Rainfall continued in June as flowering was taking place, resulting in reduced berry set. From the end of June, summer was marked by low rainfall and medium-high temperatures, which reached their peak at 38°C in the second half of August. Harvest took place in October. The quality and quantity of the phenolic substances in the grapes promised well-structured, age-worthy wines. 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. VINEYARDS Fruit for this wine is grown in the 1.13 hectare Parafada vineyard, situated at an altitude of 330 metres above sea level. The chalky, marl soil in this south-facing vineyard produces excellent quality grapes. The vineyard is protected from the wind by a ridge formation which helps the grapes ripen fully even in cooler vintages. The vines are Guyot trained and are planted at a density of 5,800 vines per hectare and the yield 4.5 tonnes per hectare. The average age of these vines is 55 years. VINIFICATION Fermentation took place at the temperatures between 31-33°C for 15 days. The wine was then aged in 500-700 litre barrels and partly in 225 litre barriques for around 30 months before bottling. The wine remained in bottle for a further year before release. TASTING NOTES Deep garnet red with bright hues. The bouquet is intense and complex, with red fruit aromas and floral and spicy notes. This wine shows the elegance and charm that only Nebbiolo grapes can offer with flavours that are robust, rich and austere.
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'Barolo' is the Grand Italian Wine by definition, produced entirely with Nebbiolo grapes. Barolo wine comes from the village in the Langa bearing the same name a few kilometres south of Alba. It is now made in eleven ‘communes’ or village territories, all situated on the scenic Langa hills shaped by centuries of vine cultivation and dominated by medieval castles – including Barolo’s own. The catpivating qualities of this wine led the nobility of the 19th century to give it the title ‘King of wines and wine of kings’.

Communes included in the Barolo production area are: Barolo, La Morra, Monforte, Serralunga d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto, Novello, Grinzane Cavour. Verduno, Diano d’Alba, Cherasco and Roddi. However, almost 90% of the appellation surrounds five villages: La Morra, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga d’Alba. These five towns are the most well-known and are considered the most significant.

Barolo must be 100% Nebbiolo and aged for a minimum of 38 months of which at least 18 months must be spent in oak. The riserva must be aged for 62 months with the same minimum period of oak maturation.

Barolo is usually never deep in color; it ranges from light ruby to garnet and acquires a brick-orange hue over time. The wines boast intense and complex aromas of flowers (rose and violet), fresh red berries, cherries, tar and earth. All of this evolves over time into more refined aromas of dried fruit, dried flowers, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) and mint, coupled with layers of leather, tobacco, gamey-meaty notes, licorice and white truffles.