Massolino has long been one of my personal favorite producers of extraordinary Barolo and their Serralunga bottling can, in excellent vintages, be one of Piedmont's most compelling wines. 2016 is, of course, being touted by most experts as one of the most successful Barolo vintages ever, and that is evident in this very special wine.
It is #7 on Wine Spectator's list of the 100 Most Exciting Wines Of The Year for 2020 and it's definitely deserving of that accolade. What really stands out is its structural underpinning of tannin which promises a very long life. Copious aromas of bright red fruits, road tar, rose petals fill the room when you open. Medium-bodied (like all Barolo), tannic at this young age, an intellectually stimulating wine which occupies all the senses. Truly a tour de force.
At only $52.99, it overdelivers enormously. This is a wine you will be very proud to serve to friends or family in about 10 years (or 30).
Purchase the 2016 Massolino Barolo Serralunga d'Alba here:
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