2007 Massolino "Parussi" Barolo (Elsewhere $80+)
Warm and inviting, featuring macerated cherry, leather, tobacco and spice flavors. The balance leans toward the tannic side, yet this shows an extra level of ripeness and integration, with excellent length. Best from 2015 through 2032.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium red. Compelling perfume of strawberry, raspberry, red cherry, flowers, minerals and wild herbs. Dense, sappy and concentrated; wonderfully silky Barolo but also much more vibrant than the 2008. The tannins are a bit youthfully aggressive but the wine's lingering mineral and wild herb perfume suggests it will be a beauty with another four to six years in the cellar
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The estate's 2007 Barolo Parussi is a new wine from a recently acquired parcel in Castiglione Falletto and is the only Massolino Barolo not from Serralunga. A delicate, feminine Barolo, the Parussi flows with silky, perfumed red berries. Silky tannins frame the juicy finish. The Parussi has a lot in common with the fragrant Barolos from Castiglione's top vineyards, including Monprivato and Rocche. It is a fabulous first effort. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2017.
A little austere on the palate but plenty of ripe fruit, with chocolate and plum character that goes almost to prunes. Full and chewy. Best after 2014.
Massolino delivers a beautifully compact and elegant Nebbiolo with soft layers of spice and red fruit enhanced by bright intensity, menthol layers, licorice and cherry cola. Thanks to the wine’s structure and persistency, you could try a pairing with crispy roast pork.