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2016 Massolino Barolo Margheria (750ml)

Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

2016 Massolino Barolo Margheria
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 2016s, 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 '16s 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

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Demonstrating Serralunga's more elegant side thanks to soils that have higher than usual amounts of sand for the village, this offers enticing scents of red berry, iris, botanical herb and dark spice. Vibrant, structured and loaded with finesse, the linear palate offers crushed raspberry, dark cherry and star anise framed in taut, refined tannins. It's vibrant and balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2026–2041.

96 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2020)

The 2016 Barolo Margheria is super-refined and elegant, but it is also classically austere, as so many top wines are in this vintage. Bright red berry fruit, wild flowers, mint, blood orange, rose petal and cinnamon all grace this very pretty, nuanced Barolo. The Margheria is medium in body, and despite its austerity, it is also very pretty, not to mention incredibly inviting. It will be even better in another few years, once the tannins soften. Readers will have to be patient.

95+ points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2020)

The Massolino 2016 Barolo Margheria offers a plump and ripe fruit profile with aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and plum. Beyond that powerful primary bouquet are layers of spice, tobacco and crushed stone. Serralunga d'Alba often delivers ferrous mineral aromas that resemble iron ore and rusty nail, and those appear here too in a supporting role. The Margheria site shapes structured wines that are slightly more accessible, if you consider neighboring sites in Serralunga d'Alba, but it is also built for the long term should you decide to wait. The annual production of 8,000 bottles will hit the market in September 2020.

95 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)

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This item is a pre-order estimated to arrive 12/07/20. 51 bottles available.

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