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.
The Massolino considers Vigna Rionda a wine which perfectly shows the essential characteristics of Barolo : intensely floral aromas, characteristic “goudron” as it ages; a seductive palate; grand structure, excellent alcohol concentration and tannins for very long aging. This wine opens up gradually and reaches its maximum and most important expression after aging for a few years; this leads to its release for sale in the sixth year after harvesting with an increasingly consistent part of the wine being held back for release in the tenth year.
Serve with meat dishes, rich in intense and persistent aromas and flavors, such as lamb, braised beef, or game dishes. Or serve with well-aged cheeses especially hard sheep's milk or Langa La Tur from Piedmont, a rich, creamy three milk cheese, that you may drizzle with Truffle honey for added enjoy
Wine AdvocateThe 2011 Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva is an exuberant and expressive wine with dark cherry fruit, spice, tobacco and black truffle. There is a pretty earthy quality on hand that is delivered in an elegant and understated manner. What I like most about this wine is that it does not show evident signs of the warm summer growing season. Any extra fruit ripeness or sweetness is carefully tucked in at the back. Give this Riserva another ten years of bottle aging to let it flesh out further.
Wine SpectatorThe velvety texture sets the stage for cherry, strawberry, leather and spice notes in this red. Juicy acidity carries the excellent finish, building in freshness and complexity from beginning to end. Approachable now, but should be better in a year or two. Best from 2020 through 2035. 1,415 cases made.