One of the prized estates of Barolo Massolino produces some of our favorite wines that are still relative values for the region. These are classically inspired wines that show a definite sense of place. While the crus are the show-stealers, the regular Barolo is still a mainstay—sourced from vines between 10 and 55 years old from a selection of vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba and Castiglione Falletto. This is vinified in the same traditional manner that the crus are with a 15-day maceration, wild yeast, and aging in large oak barrels. While this is more approachable, it still has the structure for aging over a decade if desired. When comparing to the Crus from Massolino, this is half the price and is also one of the best buys for 2016 Barolo from any producer. A lovely Barolo and a great way to experience the magic of the 2016 vintage without having to pay two or even three times the price.
Wine Spectator 95 points! "A stream of pure, juicy cherry fruit is at the heart of this red, along with mineral, tobacco and wild herb notes. Firm and tightly wound, with a matrix of dense, refined tannins for support. All the elements are in the right proportions, this just needs time. Best from 2023 through 2045. From Italy."
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 94 points! "The classic Massolino 2016 Barolo sources its fruit from Serralunga d'Alba, although a tiny percentage of Castiglione Falletto is part of the blend. This wine is linear and tight, with an arsenal of important Nebbiolo aromas ranging from red cherry and cassis to spice, smoke, licorice, dried ginger, rusty nail and blood orange. What really stands out is the structural importance of the wine. It delivers firmness and strength, while allowing the delicate side of the grape to coexist without interference. An ample 70,000 bottles of this well-priced Barolo were produced."