In the heart of Italy's Piedmont region, where the roots of winemaking run centuries deep, Massolino has been crafting their signature Barolos since 1896. The latest offering from this esteemed winery, the 2019 vintage, has garnered high praise from critics such as Ray Jordan, Andrew Caillard, and James Halliday, who have lauded its power and elegance.
The Art of Barolo
Nestled in the picturesque village of Serralunga d'Alba, Massolino has cultivated a reputation for producing premium Barolo wines that embody the spirit of the region. The 2019 vintage is no exception, as it showcases the diverse expressions of the Barolo region through grapes harvested from five distinct MGAs (Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva).
Challenges and Triumphs
The 2019 growing season presented a unique set of challenges, with unpredictable weather patterns testing the resolve of Massolino's vintners. Yet, as is often the case in the world of winemaking, adversity paved the way for triumph. The resulting harvest yielded a classic vintage with exceptional structure and aging potential.
The Magic of Massolino Barolo
At the heart of the Massolino Barolo lies the aging process. Large Slavonian oak casks are used to minimize contact with wood, allowing the fruit flavors to shine and develop gradually. The finished product boasts polished tannins and an enticing array of flavors, including pomegranate, Mission fig, caramel, milk chocolate, and rose petal, culminating in a cocoa powder and Turkish delight finish.
In addition to the standard Massolino Barolo, the 2019 vintage also features three single MGA wines: Margheria, Parafada, and Parussi. Each of these wines offers a unique expression of the terroir, highlighting the nuances and complexities that have made Massolino a standout in the world of Italian winemaking. Priced at $114, these single MGA wines are a testament to Massolino's commitment to quality and the rich winemaking history of Marcenasco.
As we look back on the 2019 vintage, it is clear that Massolino has once again demonstrated its mastery of the Barolo craft. In a region steeped in tradition and history, Massolino continues to honor the past while forging ahead, creating wines that captivate the senses and leave a lasting impression.
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