Massolino Nebbiolo Langhe 2016
This is the next red wine you should bring to one of our local Italian BYO restaurants on the Jersey Shore!!! It is an estate-bottled Nebbiolo which 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, it is thought of as a 'baby' Barolo, being from the same grape, Nebbiolo, and from the estate's younger vines 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.
We visited this high quality family estate in northern Italy in 2018, and were blown away by their entire range of Piemontese wines. Known for the famous red wine named Barolo, the Massolino family has deep roots in the Langhe region. 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 family's first single vineyard, Parafada. Today, the estate is run by siblings Franco, Roberto and Paola who we met on our visit.
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Langhe|
James SucklingAromas of cherries, cedar and strawberries with some subtle cream follow through to a medium body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and flavorful finish. Very pretty. Drink or hold.
Wine SpectatorA bright cherry note beams through this red, with flashes of earth, wild herb and tobacco adding interest. Firms up yet stays balanced overall, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2023. 3,333 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo is a clear, direct and immediate wine. It offers those characteristic varietal tones of dried berry fruit, rose hip and licorice with a cheerful and informal approach. This bouquet is mild in terms of intensity, but all the main components are there. There is a very subtle note of sweetness or softness in the mouth that makes this wine a good choice to drink within the next two or three years. With 40,000 bottles made, this wine should be relatively easy to source.