Producer: Massolino

Grape: 100% Nebbiolo

Pronunciation: ‘Nebi-oh-lo’

Region: Piemonte, Italy

Zone: Barolo DOCG, commune of Serralunga d’Alba

Producer Info:

The history of the Massolinos and their wine became entwined with the history ofSerralunga d’Alba in 1896, when Giovanni founded the Estate. Giovanni was the very first person to bring the electric current to the village. An enterprising,tenacious and creative man, progenitor of a family that has made the combination of inspiration and tradition something to be proud of.

Making wine with passion, in its land of origin, preserving the typical characteristics of the autochthonous grape varieties, being convinced that there is a deep and tangible link between the vines, hills and winegrowers, made up of affinities cemented, by habit, to the land. Since 1896, the Massolino family has been making wine this way, loyal to this philosophy and to the capacity for innovation in the name of tradition.

Tasting note: The grapes come from different subzones in Serralunga and this gives them a broad and variable spectrum of perfumes, ranging from tempting spicy notes to those of a sweeter, floral and fruity nature.

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: mainly calcareous with sometimes consistent variations from zone to zone.

Production: Traditional Barolo with fermentation and maceration lasting about 15 days at temperatures which vary from 31 to 33° C; the wine is aged in large oak barrels for at least 30 months and is left to mature in bottles placed in special dark, cool cellars for just over a year.

Alcohol (%) 13.5%

Wine Review:

"Massolino's 2011 Barolo is soft, round and sensual, very much in the style of the year. Dried flowers, new leather, plums and red cherries are all laced together in a supple, juicy Barolo with tons of near and medium-term appeal." 89pts - Antonio Galloni