2007 Massolino "Parafada" Barolo (Elsewhere $80+)
This is a soft and generous red with plum, orange peel character. It's full and very round on the palate. Tar and spice. So attractive now but best after 2014.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Barolo Parafada is more of a muscular, fruit-driven wine than most of the estate's other Baroli. There is less in the way of aromatic expressiveness and more of a sense of body and richness on the palate. Layers of deep, muscular fruit flow effortlessly to the round, sensual and totally striking finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium red. Carnal aromas of crushed cherry and raspberry. Silky and aromatic in the mouth, but with plenty of structure and juicy lift to the superripe, nearly decadent red fruit flavors. Finishes very long, with excellent supporting structure for such a supple, fruit-driven wine. A real sentimental favorite on my trip
If you love the biggest and boldest of Barolos, this beautiful wine is for you. It puts forth power and determination with confidence thanks to its aromas of barbecue spice, mesquite, roasted espresso bean, vanilla and ripe red cherry. Give it five more years.
Floral and berry aromas and flavors are appealing, with a sweet fruit core midpalate, but this is also slightly herbal, with firm tannins and a lean, tightly wound finish. A more ethereal style Best from 2014 through 2028.
"The 2007 is the first Parafada to be aged entirely in cask since the late 1980s, which is finally allowing the vineyard's qualities to emerge with great clarity," according to Antonio Galloni, writing in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. "This parcel, with vines that are now more than 60 years old, was purchased by Franco Massolino's father when he was just 16 years old – not old enough to legally sign the contract, but clearly wise beyond his years! Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027." (2/2011)