2015 Massolino Barolo Margheria (750ml)

Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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I've been extolling the virtues of my good friends the Massolino family of Serralunga d'Alba for many years. B-21 Barolo fans know their history by heart. After tasting their profound 2015s, however, I wanted to share something from the pages of Gambero Rosso. With so many Tre Bicchieri awards over the decades, I thought this review quite appropriate; Massolino's '15s are profound:

"If you go to Langhe seeking light, ethereal wines, be sure to give the estate owned by brothers Franco and Roberto Massolino a wide berth, as their ideal type of Nebbiolo (and other wines) has enormously powerful stuffing and tannic backbone. Its close-woven supporting structure appears biting when young, but acts as a sort of fuel for long aging – as you’d expect from legendary vineyards like Parafada, Margheria, and Vigna Rionda (on the western slope of Serralunga) and Parussi (in Castiglione Falletto).

The estate’s fine range has at least three flagships. Parafada stands out among the Barolos for its austere, restrained fullness, along with the sinuous Margheria, with a soft attack and a taut finish, while the Vigna Rionda Riserva is more approachable and caressing..."

– Gambero Rosso


Hailing from a single vineyard that has slightly sandier soils than the estate's other sites, this lovely wine boasts structure, elegance and a fragrance of rose petal, wildflower, menthol and perfumed berry. On the precise palate, white pepper and star anise accent a core of wild cherry and crushed raspberry. It's balanced, with firm, refined tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2023–2035.

96 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct 2019)

Offers a gorgeous expression of cherry, strawberry and plum fruit, shaded by tobacco, eucalyptus and tar accents. Remains pure and elegant due to the vibrant structure, showing terrific balance and a long, fresh aftertaste of fruit, wild herbs, tobacco and mineral. Best from 2022 through 2043.

95 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Nov 2019)

The 2015 Barolo Margheria is the first single-vinyard Barolo I tasted from Massolino in a lineup that started with the most delicate wine and ended with the most powerful expression. Considering that we are talking about Serralunga d'Alba (the township known for the most powerful Baroli overall), the word "delicate" should be taken with a grain of salt. The vines here are 37 years old, and the soils are slightly looser and sandier in nature. This wine is just slightly more accessible than the other cru expressions with elegant mineral notes that frame dark fruit, spice and pressed violets. This could be a good pairing opportunity with Florentine tripe in a tomato sauce.

94 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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