Meet 4th Generation Winemaker Franco Massolino

Where: Bottle Shop in Spring Lake
When: This Friday, January 11th
What time: From 4 to 6 PM - and probably a little later :) 

The Massolino family has deep roots in the Langhe region of Piedmont in northern Italy. Great-grandfather Giovanni Massolino founded the winery in 1896 and was the first to bring electricity and a steam-operated machine for harvesting grain to Serralunga d’Alba. Grandfather Giuseppe was one of the founders of the local winegrowers’ consortium in 1934 and father Giovanni bought the first single vineyard, Parafada for the family estate. Today, Massolino is run by siblings Franco, Roberto and Paola, and we are so excited to welcome Franco here to the Bottle Shop for this VIP event.

While visiting Piedmont and Tuscany in May 2018, we had the best time visiting Massolino and spending time with Franco. He took us all over Barolo on bicycle! We biked through all the hills and vineyards of Barolo... it was such a magical, beautiful way to experience the region. We went to fantastic local restaurants with him, discovering delicious Piemontese cuisine, and simply had the time of our lives.

The following are some of the wines we will be tasting this Friday:


Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2016

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Made from Barbera grapes grown in Massolino's estate vineyards situated in Serralunga d’Alba at an altitude of 330 meters above sea level. The soil composition is mixed, tending towards limestone. The vines range from 10 to 45 years and all harvesting is all done by hand in the middle of October. The first year of production of this wine was 1896, when the winery was founded. The Massolino makes about 1600 cases of this wine each year.


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Massolino Nebbiolo Langhe 2016

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This estate-bottled Nebbiolo is both delicate and powerful, with aromas of raspberry and violet, and secondary perfumes very similar to those of Barolo. Full yet harmonious on the palate, this wine's elegance makes up for its lesser structure compared with that of Barolo.  Served in Piedmont with rich and tasty dishes, from fresh pasta with rich meat of vegetables sauces, to grilled or roasted red meat dishes. It is also excellent with soft and delicate blue cheeses.

$36.99    $29.99

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Massolino Barolo 2014

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The family's classic Barolo is made with Nebbiolo grapes cultivated in vineyards situated in the area of Serralunga d’Alba at an altitude of 320 – 360 m above sea level, with a total surface area of 7 hectares. The soil is mainly calcareous with sometimes consistent variations from zone to zone. The different subzones where the grapes originate give them a broad and variable spectrum of perfumes, ranging from the classic spicy notes to those of a sweeter, floral and fruity nature. The grapes are hand harvested from vines up to 55 years in age. 


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Massolino Barolo Parafada 2011

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Everything is hand harvested at the estate, and the vines are extremely old. For the Parafada the vines average 55 years, and the soils are marl, limestone and sand. This vineyard is located in Serralunga d’Alba. The style of Massolino wines is full-bodied and classic, with the potential for aging, and yet, these wines drink really well in their youth. The density and ripeness of the fruit is achieved with the old vines, and patient, traditional winemaking in the cellar.


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Massolino Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda 2011

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Made from estate Nebbiolo grapes grown in the 'Vigna Rionda' vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba at an altitude of 330 meters above sea level with marly lime soils.  The vines span from 30 to 50 years, and the harvest is all done by hand.  The first year of production for this great Riserva wine was 1982. Production is less than 700 cases per year, and only in top vintages. 

$149.99    $124.99

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Cheers! The Murray Family 


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