2015 Massolino Barolo Parafada (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


Forest floor, new leather, rose and perfumed berry align with menthol and tobacco aromas in this stunning wine. The focused, full-bodied palate has great fruit and tension, delivering wild raspberry, juicy Marasca cherry, white pepper and ground clove, while firm, polished tannins and fresh acidity provide support. Drink 2023–2035.

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

A moody nose with deep blue flowers - roses and violets - and blue plums, as well as a glossy, black stony edge. The nose is incredibly alluring. The palate has a very concise, sturdy and deep core of flavors that follow the aromas into blue-plum territory. Plush, long and commanding tannins. Style and grace. Try from 2023.

96 points, James Suckling (Jun 2019)

The 2015 Barolo Parafada sees fruit sourced from 61-year-old vineyards planted in a spot with a steep incline that requires back-breaking labor to farm. Only 4,800 bottles were made with this edition, and those numbers are expected to decrease as the vigor of the old vines slow down as they age. However, the deep nature of the root systems means that this vineyard is rarely troubled by drought. The vines produce smaller berries, and this wine sports an inky dark appearance with concentrated fruit as a result. The wine's aromas are beautifully presented and rich with black cherry and dried plum. In the mouth, this wine is generous with thick fiber and ample volume. Give it time to whittle down just a bit with extra bottle aging.

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

Offers ripe cherry, raspberry and currant aromas and flavors, with floral, loamy earth and underbrush accents. This is backed by lively acidity and refined tannins, leaving a harmonious and lingering aftertaste. Shows fine energy and intensity. Best from 2023 through 2043.

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

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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