2017 Massolino Barolo Parafada

Highly Rated
Dense and dark Barolo, loaded with layered concentration and earthy spices. One for many years of careful cellaring.

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Parafada is the powerhouse Massolino Cru, situated just to the north of Serralunga on a more clay-heavy soil. These are Massolino's oldest vines, planted in 1957.

In 2017 it is full-bore in the fruit department, with black cherry and blackberry flavours and an overall dark and spicy feel. The palate is soothingly heavy and ripe with a carpet of intense tannin.

For a warm vintage and a vineyard renowned for structure and longevity it is remarkably elegant, perhaps due to Massolino now only fermenting in old oak, not steel.

Like all of us, it needs more time. Drink their Langhe Nebbiolo in the meantime.

The Parafada vineyard is also located in the municipality of Serralunga d'Alba. It reaches an altitude of 330 m above sea level and occupies 1.13 hectares of land. The soil consists of marly lime. The age of the vineyard, the splendid exposure due south and the ridge protected from the wind give us grapes of absolute excellence.

Intense, very complex, offering a wide range of notes; with remarkable red fruit combined with floral and spicy hints. Especially after a few years of ageing, this Barolo shows all the elegance and charm that only Nebbiolo grapes can offer.

Robust, rich and austere. It perfectly reflects the great complexity of the soil in Serralunga d'Alba. The perfect Barolo for long ageing.

Region: Piemonte, Italy
Blend: Nebbiolo (100%)
ABV: 14%
Closure: 750ml
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97 Points - “Massolino's vineyards are at 330 metres above sea level and produce one of the most representative wines of the MGA. Intense smoky woodland notes emerge first, then wild strawberry and darker violet-soaked fruits. There's serious elegance on the palate, with near-perfect tannins (not only in the context of the vintage), a youthful character, and a dense mid-palate of lifted acidity and filigreed depth. A great wine but not so easy to drink now because of its youthful restraint.” - Aldo Fiordelli (Decanter Magazine)

92 Points - “The Massolino 2017 Barolo Parafada draws its fruit from Serralunga d'Alba (where this winery is located) and is often the most muscular and brawny wine in this portfolio. That is not necessarily true in the 2017 vintage that sees extra richness and concentration across the board. Morello cherry and dried blackberry are followed by tarry spice, sweet hazelnut paste and a rusty mineral note of iron ore. For sure, this vintage draws out the sweeter and softer side of Parafada.” - Monica Larner (The Wine Advocate)

Massolino

The Massolino family's history as winegrowers in Serralunga stretches back more than a century.

Founded in 1896 by Giovanni Massolino, the family's history is richly intertwined with that of the whole region. They now farm 23 hectares across prime real estate in the Serralunga sub-region, with premium holdings on the famed slopes of Margheria, Parafada and the legendary vineyard Vigna Rionda.

These are wines that, while classic, have continued to evolve over each generation in pursuit of the purest expression of the beloved Nebbiolo grape.

One of the great wine families of Piedmont and the wines are prized in the best cellars and restaurants in the world.

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