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March 17, 2020

Massolino Barolo 2016

Massolino

Massolino Barolo Parussi 2016

95 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

6×75 – £375 IB
1×150 – £130 IB

Massolino Barolo Margheria 2016

95+ Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

6×75 – £375 IB
1×150 – £130 IB

Massolino Barolo Parafada 2016

96 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

6×75 – £375 IB
1×150 – £130 IB

Special price for a case of each – £1,050 IB

This afternoon we continue with the exceptional Barolo 2016 campaign. We view Barolo as the next growth region in terms of global cachet due to its similarities to Burgundy, in terms of vineyard division, terroir driven style, small production and the elegance of the wines. Price rises have begun throughout this hallowed region and a vintage of the century is creating further interest, making Barolo perennially highly allocated. It is wise to get allocations now and to secure this wonderous vintage.

Today we are delighted to release Massolino, which is one of the great and most recognised Barolo producers, with a rich history of supreme winemaking. The Estate is famed for their single vineyards: Parafada, Margheria and Parussi. In 2016 they have produced their finest ever wines. Their Parafada has been awarded 96 points from Antonio Galloni, who declares ’The 2016 Barolo Parafada is fabulous. In fact, the 2016 is one of the best – if not the best – Parafadas I have ever tasted at Massolino… I have never tasted a Parafada like this here. What a wine!’  Equally the Margheria 2016 has reached new heights, awarded 95+ points from Galloni, who says ‘The 2016 Barolo Margheria is super-refined and elegant, but it is also classically austere, as so many top wines are in this vintage.’  To complete the trio Parussi has been awarded 95 points and adorned with the highest possible praise naming it the ‘Best of all, the Parussi will drink well earlier than the wines from Serralunga will.’ This is stellar praise across the board – for a leading producer in leading single vineyards revered with the highest renown and calibre. The price today on release is £375 per case of six in bond for each of these single vineyard superstars. Indeed, we can also offer magnums of each for £130 per 1×150 IB. Quantities are minuscule and demand will be high.

The winery’s genesis began in 1896 with Giovanni Massolino and today his great-grandsons continue running the Estate under the guidance of Giuseppe, their grandfather and Franco, their father. The upshot is that their vineyards boast old vines cultivated, boy to man, by generations of the same family. Today Giovanni and Renato, the current guardians, share experiences and approaches with their ancestors, synthesising the old with the new; adhering to tradition and experimenting with modern developments.

Since 1994 Franco undertook a subtle transformation, marrying modern variation with tradition, something that sets him apart from the majority of Barolo producers today. Massolino’s Barolos combine a classic style and structure with modern purity of flavour, creating delineated fruit profiles resulting in robust Barolos that age and improve beautifully in bottle. This style is also dictated by the nature of the vineyards sited in Serralunga d’Alba, 320-360 metres above sea level, a village that produces superlative, structured and long-lived Barolos. Here the soils date back to Helvetian era, and have plenty of tightly packed sandstone, which produces a bigger style of wine, with the defining Serralunga flavours of rose petal, tar, earth and mushroom. The wine is fermented and macerated for 15 days at 31-33ºC, a deep extraction, then aged in large oak casks for 30 months, followed by a year in bottle before release.

In finishing, we feel obliged to repeat, at the risk of gilding the lily, that Barolo 2016, like 2010 will probably be a vintage of a lifetime.

Parussi, 95 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
The 2016 Barolo Parussi is the most overt and fruity of the 2016s. That is not a bad thing at all, as it gives the wine striking immediacy and mid-palate sweetness. Succulent red and purplish berry fruit, spice and mint come together in the glass. Silky, floral and medium in body, the Parussi captures all of the sensuality that is typical of the Barolos of Castiglione Falletto. Best of all, the Parussi will drink well earlier than the wines from Serralunga will.

Margheria, 95+ Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
The 2016 Barolo Margheria is super-refined and elegant, but it is also classically austere, as so many top wines are in this vintage. Bright red berry fruit, wild flowers, mint, blood orange, rose petal and cinnamon all grace this very pretty, nuanced Barolo. The Margheria is medium in body, and despite its austerity, it is also very pretty, not to mention incredibly inviting. It will be even better in another few years, once the tannins soften. Readers will have to be patient.

Parafada, 96 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
The 2016 Barolo Parafada is fabulous. In fact, the 2016 is one of the best – if not the best – Parafadas I have ever tasted at Massolino. The natural richness of this site marries with the translucence of the year to produce a weightless yet powerful, highly nuanced Barolo that hits all the right notes. Dark cherry, lavender, spice, mint, rose petal and licorice develop in the glass, but it is the interplay of richness and lightness that elevates the Parafada into the realm of the truly sublime. I have never tasted a Parafada like this here. What a wine!