Massolino Barolo Margheria 2016
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.
This glorious Barolo is made from Nebbiolo grapes grown in the Margheria vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba at a high altitude of 340 m (1,115 ft) and 2.7 acres. Soil Composition: Calcareous with a good percentage of sand. Training System and Vine Density: Traditional Guyot; with about 5,300 vines per hectare (2,146 per acre). Extremely Low Yield: 4.5 tons per hectare (1.8 tons per acre). Average Age of Vines: 35 years. Harvest: Manual, in the second half of October. First Year of Production: 1985
Aged in large oak barrels for about 30 months and is left to mature in bottles placed in special dark, cool cellars for at least a year. Fantastic vineyard which combines the potency of Massolino's vines with the elegance and harmony generated by the sandy percentage of the soil. Traditional vinification and aging are the natural complement to the outstanding characteristics of the grapes. Pair with rich dishes such as roasted red meats or game stews, and/or with cured meats and mature cheeses.
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barolo|
Wine EnthusiastDemonstrating Serralunga's more elegant side thanks to soils that have higher than usual amounts of sand for the village, this offers enticing scents of red berry, iris, botanical herb and dark spice. Vibrant, structured and loaded with finesse, the linear palate offers crushed raspberry, dark cherry and star anise framed in taut, refined tannins. It's vibrant and balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2026–2041.
Wine AdvocateThe Massolino 2016 Barolo Margheria offers a plump and ripe fruit profile with aromas of dark cherry blackberry and plum. Beyond that powerful primary bouquet are layers of spice tobacco and crushed stone. Serralunga d'Alba often delivers ferrous mineral aromas that resemble iron ore and rusty nail and those appear here too in a supporting role. The Margheria site shapes structured wines that are slightly more accessible if you consider neighboring sites in Serralunga d'Alba but it is also built for the long term should you decide to wait. The annual production of 8000 bottles will hit the market in September 2020. There are many great things to write about Massolino a family winery based in Serralunga d'Alba. As I reflect on these wines I am struck by the harmony and perfection of the overall portfolio: the clear identity of each product and its placement within the Massolino quality pyramid and the crescendo of wines that culminates with a truly memorable single-vineyard Baroli and the top-shelf Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda. The portfolio has a few unexpected surprises too such as a very elegant Moscato d'Asti and a cheerful Riesling. I just learned of a new wine to join the family. Starting with the 2019 vintage Massolino will introduce a Barbaresco with a blend of fruit from three sites: Albesani Serraboella and Starderi in Treiso. A total of four hectares of vines are now under lease and Massolino set up a small winery in Alba for processing this fruit. We will see this new wine in 2022.
VinousThe 2016 Barolo Margheria is super-refined and elegant but it is also classically austere as so many top wines are in this vintage. Bright red berry fruit wild flowers mint blood orange rose petal and cinnamon all grace this very pretty nuanced Barolo. The Margheria is medium in body and despite its austerity it is also very pretty not to mention incredibly inviting. It will be even better in another few years once the tannins soften. Readers will have to be patient.