2019 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 2019 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.

"This is textbook Serralunga; all the gravel and gravitas. So ‘mineral’. So bloody good."
- 96pts, Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

"This is one of the best editions I can remember tasting."
- 96pts, Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

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.

96 points - "Dark cherry, liquorice, earthy and stony. Powerful, dark cherry, ferrous, the tannins are rich and strong, but ripe, spicy too, with a bold and firm finish of exceptional length. This is textbook Serralunga; all the gravel and gravitas. So ‘mineral’. So bloody good." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

96 points - "The 2019 Barolo Parafada is a wine of tremendous inner strength, as if all of its energy is focused inwards. Dark cherry, smoke, leather, gravel, scorched earth and licorice slowly come alive in the glass. Dense, potent and muscular, the 2019 offers tons of textural intensity and brooding, virile power. It is fascinating to taste next to the Margheria, which is a bit more aromatic and nuanced, while the Parafada is all muscle. This is one of the best editions I can remember tasting." - Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

95 points - "Wonderful aromas of violets, red roses, raspberries and orange peel follow through to a medium to full body, with chewy tannins and a fresh and vivid finish. Needs time to soften. Best after 2028." - James Suckling (JamesSuckling.com)


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.

The Massolino men - Piedmont, Italy Massolino

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