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 this Barolo was sourced from the 1.3 hectare Parussi vineyard in Castiglione Falletto, situated at an altitude of 350 metres above sea level. Purchased in 2007, this is Massolino's first vineyard outside of Serralunga d'Alba. The excellent southeasterly/south-westerly exposure of the vineyard, situated on the crest of the hill, guarantees the production of excellent quality grapes. Soil is predominantly calcareous clay and sand. Deeper and richer in sandy components than that of Serralunga d'Alba, it conveys remarkable elegance and mineral notes, well combined with great, silky tannins. The vines are Guyot-trained and are planted at a density of 5,000 vines per hectare. The average age of the vines is 40 years old. The average yield is 4.5 tonnes per hectare.
Winter and Spring were balanced,fresh and dry. Disease and grass growth control in the vineyard were made simple by this weather. Summer temperature was above average, leading to a much earlier maturation. This is why the vintage is considered “warm”, giving round and harmonious wines, quite ready to drink. Autumn was great and the harvest showed amazing quality.
Fermentation and maceration lasted approximately 15-20 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.
Rich, deep garnet in colour. Extremely balsamic aromas on the nose, with hints of earth and red fruits. A vigorous, powerful and deep wine, with young tannins. It is a remarkable expression of the site that Massolino are "discovering", since it is the youngest cru of their estate, its first vintage being 2007.
|Winemaker||Franco & Roberto Massolino|
|Notes||Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian