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2015 Massolino Barolo Parussi (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

96WE
95WA
95JS

Offering an impressive combination of power and finesse, this opens with aromas of black and brown spices, pipe tobacco and black-skinned berry. On the brooding palate, assertive but noble tannins accompany ripe Marasca cherry, licorice, cinnamon and brown pepper. Give it time to let the tannins unwind and to fully develop. Drink 2025–2035.

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

This wine was not made in 2014, when this vineyard site in Castiglione Falletto was hit by not one but two violent hailstorms. Thankfully, the 2015 Barolo Parussi comes from a trouble-free growing season and has resulted in one of the best expressions of the cru made by Massolino thus far, with the first vintage produced in 2007. This site sees a unique soil profile, with sand that is much richer in organic materials compared to the estate's historic vineyard sites. The terrain enjoys two exposures because the vines are planted over the crest of a hill. Harvest comes later here, as well, because the growing cycle is slower and Parussi is one of the last parcels to show beautiful leaf color in the autumn. Thanks to all those extra variables, the winemaking team has a little more to play with in order to achieve complexity and integration. In our progression from least to most powerful single-vineyard wines tasted, this was the third wine in the lineup. Indeed, this wine offers more "grasso" or body weight and volume. Dark mineral tones make for an elegant finish. However, the tannins are very young and need more time to soften. This is your proverbial cellar wine.

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

Dark-berry, spice and dried-flower aromas that follow through to a full body, tight and integrated tannins and a long and vivid finish. Very compact and polished. One of the best Parussi I have tasted from here.

95 points, James Suckling (Jun 2019)

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