2016 Massolino, Barolo, 12x750ml

2016 Massolino, Barolo, 12x750ml

2016 Massolino, Barolo, 12x750ml

Wine Spectator Top Ten 2020 (#8)

Vegan, Vegetarian

Franco Massolino has done a wonderful job of marrying change with a respect for tradition. Grapes are sourced from several vineyards in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba, from up to 60-year old vines, resulting in structured, robust and long-lived Barolos.

Availability: 1-2 weeks

Case size: 12 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £330.00

Critics Score: 95

Publication: Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator

Drinking Dates: 2023-2045

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. All the elements are in the right proportions, this just needs time.
2016 Massolino, Barolo, 12x750ml

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.
Fruit for the Barolo was grown in several vineyard sites in Serralunga d'Alba and Castiglione Falletto, situated at altitudes of 320-360 metres above sea level. The soil in these areas is composed predominantly of limestone. The vines are Guyot trained and are planted at densities of 5,000-6,000 vines per hectare. They range in age from 10-55 years old.

Fermentation and maceration lasted approximately 15 days at temperatures between 31-33ºC. The wine was matured in large oak casks for 30 months followed by a year in bottle before release.

2016 is one of the best vintages on record. The vineyards experienced one of the warmest winters in the last 60 years. The growing season, therefore, started early, but this advance was offset by persistently cool and rainy conditions in spring. After this, the weather stabilized and was perfect going into the summer - not too hot, with a little rain. Long, dry, sunny days and cool nights in September had a big impact on quality. This weather allowed the grapes to achieve full phenolic ripeness while also retaining the variety's typically high acidity. This is a generous vintage with very high quality being noted across all varieties.