2017 Massolino Serralunga d'Alba Barolo
Winemaker Notes: Garnet red color with variable intensity depending on the vintage. The grapes come from different sub-zones in Serralunga and this gives them a broad and variable spectrum of perfumes, ranging from tempting spicy notes to those of a sweeter, floral, and fruity nature. A variety of sensations, with a full-bodied, classic and well structured wine which ages well and perfectly represents the important character of their land.
Wine Enthusiast - "Camphor, wild berry, new leather and blue flower aromas emerge on the nose of this savory wine. Full-bodied and delicious, the structured palate delivers succulent Marasca cherry, baking spice and a hint of menthol alongside firm, refined tannins. This is an incredible performance for what is the firm’s entry level Barolo. Drink 2023–2029. Editors’ Choice. "
Wine & Spirits - "One of the best Barolo classico wines we tasted from the vintage, this wine, like Franco Massolino’s other 2017 releases (also recommended here), seems unaffected by the heat and drought of the growing season. Mouthwatering acidity infuses well-defined red-cherry and berry flavors framed by cool, ferrous tannins. Balanced, fresh and firm, it has plenty of stuffing for the long haul."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "Massolino's classic 2017 Barolo sees most of its fruit come from Serralunga d'Alba, although a small percentage of the blend comes from Castiglione Falletto. Compared to its peers from this hot and dry growing season, this wine is delicate and almost fragile. It softly reveals cassis, red berries and exotic plum. A second wave of aromas introduces spice, red earth and rusty notes. These results achieve very good balance overall."