Massolino are among the foremost Barolo producers, with deep history in Serralunga d'Alba. Giovanni Massolino founded the estate in 1896 and was also the first to bring electricity to his village. Son Guiseppe and daughter Angela were likewise ahead of their time, in 1934 extending holdings in what are now regarded as some of Barolo's best crus - Margheria, Parafada and Vigna Rionda. Whilst channelling their tradition, Massolino also utilise the heavier clay soils of Serralunga to bring a satisfying breadth, density and structure to their Barolo’s - which, balanced against their extreme refinement and expressive clarity - make them almost incomparable for the price.
What The Critics Say
93/100 Huon Hooke
"Bright, youthful, deep purple colour. Dark cherry, violets and spices to sniff, with a meaty overtone. Blackberry pastilles. Lovely soft tannins and fine, chalky texture. Gorgeous flavours of dark cherries. The acidity is well-balanced, although we're told it's quite high. Love the screwcap. (From 10-45 year-old vines in Serralunga) 10 JUL 2019." Drink 2019 - 2029
90/100 Decanter, Stephen Brook
"Rich, spicy, cherry aromas on the nose; perky and invigorating. A good brisk attack on the palate that’s quite concentrated, with surprising density of fruit on the finish. Spicy and solid with just a hint of alcohol at the back." Drink 2019 - 2025
93/100 The Wine Front, Mike Bennie (2017 vintage)
"Massolino’s barbera is often my go-to from their range despite the range soaring into Barolo crus of note. Here, we find low yields and a well-maintained, single vineyard are also elements at play. It hangs out only in stainless steel and is bottled relatively young. Cherry-laden perfume shows some exotic spice, floral notes, pepper too. Chewy sort of texture with a light juiciness at play, sour cherry spectrum flavours, but in great way, and finishes with a little tug of tannins and bright acidity. Neatly put together wine, feels a little understated in best kind of way. I like the vibe here."
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