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Massolino Barbera dAlba 2017

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Like the Dolcetto, Giovanni Angeli has delivered a superb Barbara this year. Cropped from a 2.2 hectares of limestone rich vineyard in Serralunga d'Alba, it's a succulent, perfumed release packed with fleshy blueberry and Satsuma plum flavours and a tangy, vibrant close. Again, one of the best examples of this wine we have shipped.

Barbera can be a bit of a chameleon so let's immediately set the record straight; this wine falls into the pure-fruited, welcome-to-the-good-times category. Massolino do make a deeper and more structured offering from Barbera called Gisep, a wine that allows Angeli to explore Barbera's potential for studiousness in Serralunga. In doing so, this leaves this adolescent version to mop up thirsty palates the world over. Savoury, sweet and refreshing, it has a little more acidity and chew than the Dolcetto, but it's so approachable as a young wine, all the while with enough structure to keep you on your toes. Pure, black raspberry scented and engaging, it also illustrates the elegance that is so typical of this producer's wines. Matured in stainless steel and concrete tanks, the wine hails from a 2.2-hectares limestone-rich vineyard in Serralunga d'Alba where the vines are between 10 and 35 years of age.

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The Massolino family’s greatest asset is of course their 23 hectares of (mostly) Serralunga vineyards, including choice parcels of such famous sites as; Margheria, Parafada and the legendary Vigna Rionda. We say ‘mostly’ as the Massolino clan recently purchased a slice of the Parussi cru in Castiglione Falletto. Serrralunga, on the eastern edge of the Barolo DOCG, produces some of most profound and long lived Barolo. It is the home of great names such as Giacomo Conterno and Bruno Giacosa’s Falletto vineyard. The wines often have an extra stuffing of intense Nebbiolo fruit as well as a remarkable minerality that plays on both the freshness of the tannins and gives the wines a certain ferrous edge when young.

It is fair to say that Massolino holds the most remarkable collection of vineyards in Serralunga, amongst the smaller, quality focused producers anyway. The quality strides at this estate over the last 10-15 years have been remarkable with significant advances made, particularly in the vineyards. Certainly there has also been refinements in the cellars, firstly by Franco Massolino and then by current winemaker Giovanni Angeli (ex Vajra) who has been working with Franco since the 2005 harvest. As always however, it has been the work in the vineyards and the search for expressive and perfectly ripe fruit that has driven the rise in quality at this estate. The resultant improvement here has been very good news for both the commune and Barolo in general. Today the wines of Massolino sit comfortably among the finest of the region – they are wines of wonderful purity and elegance. They are exclusively aged in large casks, so they are ‘traditional’ and yet they offer the best of the “old” and “new” worlds: pure, aromatic, textural, deeply flavoured wines that are at the same time precise, vibrant and distinctly regional. These are wines that score extremely highly on our deliciousness scale. Equally important, these wines are remarkably well priced when compared to the other top producers of the area. 

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Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMostly Conventional Techniques
Vineyard PracticesMostly Regular Farming Techniques
Product typeWine Red Barbera

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