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2016 Massolino Barolo (Serralunga d'Alba)

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ITEM 7955930 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

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2 $155
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I7978051 1 $77 Oct 17, 2021
I7972943 1 $155 Oct 10, 2021
I7946374 2 $57 Sep 12, 2021
I7946374 4 $56 Sep 12, 2021
I7945347 1 $55 Sep 12, 2021
I7927833 1 $65 Aug 22, 2021
I7915314 5 $55 Aug 8, 2021
I7869307 1 $60 Jun 27, 2021
I7846326 1 $56 May 30, 2021
I7846325 1 $76 May 30, 2021
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RATINGS

95Wine Spectator

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.

#7 of 2020Wine Spectator Top 100

PRODUCER

Massolino

Massolino is in Serralunga d’Alba, in Piedmont. It was founded in the late 19th century by Giovanni Massolino. Today the estate is run by the family’s fourth generation and produces about 120,000 bottles annually on 50 acres of vineyards. The estate makes Barolo, Chardonnay, Dolcetto and Barbera. Gambero Rosso has often awarded Massolino’s wines 3 glasses, the journal’s highest rating, and notes that “the estate’s winemaking approach is traditional and fully respects the powerful characteristics of the terroir.”

REGION

Italy, Piedmont, Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.

TYPE

Red Wine, Nebbiolo, D.O.C.G.

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.