“...Massolino is a producer that falls into a small, elite group. It not only delivers admirable top-end Nebbiolo wines....but it also makes a near-perfect range that starts with the delicious Dolcetto...." Nick Stock - Gourmet Wine Traveller
About this Wine
Giovanni Angeli has delivered a superb Barbera in 2018. Cropped from 2.2 hectares of limestone-rich vineyard in Serralunga d'Alba, the vines are Guyot-trained and range between 10 and 45 years old. In terms of the winemaking, the wine fermented for 10-12 days in stainless steel and was raised in the same vessels for a short period of maturation, to be bottled and released for sale during the spring after the harvest.
"Here's a fresh, primary expression of Barbera that highlights dark fruit and sweet summer cherry. The Massolino 2019 Barbera d'Alba is all about that fresh and succulent fruit, although, if you spend a little extra time examining the bouquet, you will uncover nicely integrated aromas of forest floor and button mushroom. It ages in cement for six months. This is a cheerful, exuberant and fruit-driven wine that calls out for a plate of fettuccine with porcini. It's not a particularly complex or complicated wine, but it gains points for its easy and proud accessibility." 90 points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
About the Winery
“...Massolino is a producer that falls into a small, elite group. It not only delivers admirable top-end Nebbiolo wines, which is ultimately what it will be judged on, but it also makes a near-perfect range that starts with the delicious Dolcetto and runs seamlessly though the Barbera, to basic Nebbiolo before arriving at the top tier wines." Nick Stock, Imports to Watch, Gourmet Traveller Wine
Founded in 1896, Massolino Winery, is based in and around the town of Serralunga, one of the prime sub-zones of the Barolo DOC.
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. They 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.
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.