Massolino Barolo Parafada 2011
The Massolino family has deep roots in the Langhe. 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. Today, the estate is run by siblings Franco, Roberto and Paola.
While visiting Piedmont and Tuscany in May 2018, we had the best time visiting Massolino and spending time with Franco. We biked through all the hills and vineyards of Barolo with him... it was such a magical, beautiful way to experience the region. We went to fantastic local restaurants, discovering delicious Piemontese cuisine, and simply had the time of our lives.
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.
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barolo|
Wine EnthusiastStructured and focused, this gorgeous wine offers enticing scents of pressed violet, woodland berry, baking spice, tilled soil and leather. The firm palate delivers ripe black cherry, licorice, mint, tobacco and ground clove alongside youthfully assertive but refined tannins. Give this time to fully develop-it should blossom into a beauty. Drink 2018-2026.
Wine SpectatorA mix of ripe cherry, raspberry, plum, tobacco and tea aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this well-defined red. A stiff backbone of tannins and vivid acidity keeps this moving toward the lingering, earth-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2032. 483 cases made.
Wine AdvocateMassolino's 2011 Barolo Parafada does a great job of portraying the brawny and muscular side of Serralunga d'Alba. But it does so with an elegant touch. Thick tannins wrap over the palate and the wine boasts very long persistence that is carried forward in thick waves of plump fruit and spice. Sweet blackberry, clove and cinnamon appears on the close. Barolo Parafada needs five years or more before it begins to shed some of that chunky baby fat.
VinousThe 2011 Barolo Parafada presents a totally different side of Serralunga in its floral, savory personality. Iron, smoke, tobacco, savory herbs and menthol open up in the glass, but it is the wine's firm tannins and overall sense of blossoming structure that stand out above all else. While the Margheria is a bit more overt in style, the Parafada showcases the floral/savory/mineral aspects of Serralunga.