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2015 Massolino Barolo

SKU #1411479 93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very fresh and attractive Barolo with abundant red cherries and a wealth of sweet, rose-petal aromas, too. The palate has a very plush, fleshy and juicy core of fruit in the red-cherry zone. The tannins are velvety and long. One of the more approachable 2015s. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This is the bread-and-butter wine for the folks at Massolino, and great care is taken to make sure they get it right year after year. The 2015 Barolo is almost all fruit from Serralunga d'Alba (this township makes up 99% of the blend), with a tiny part from Castiglione Falletto. Fruit comes from five vineyard sites, including Briccolina, Collaretto, Broglio and Le Turne, all in Serralunga d'Alba. The tiny part of Castiglione Falletto fruit comes from the Parussi cru. The complex nature of the blend represents old-school Barolo tradition, and it works beautifully in a warm vintage such as this. (That Serralunga d'Alba's rich marlstone soil keeps the moisture of the vintage locked within.) This is a full and exuberant expression with a well-defined profile of spice, rusty nail, potting soil and truffle. Overall, this vintage is accessible, soft and delicious from the start. (ML) Inner quote mark (6/2019)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Editors’ Choice: This opens with a lovely fragrance of rose petal, red berry and baking spice. Bright and juicy, the polished palate offers crushed raspberry, cinnamon and star anise alongside taut, refined tannins. Drink 2021-2027. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Barolo is bright and beautifully focused, with lovely red berry, orange peel and floral character. Medium in body, translucent and gracious, Massolino's straight Barolo is fabulous in 2015. This is a very pretty, classy wine that readers will be able to enjoy with minimal cellaring. Even so, the straight Barolo has a track record of aging gracefully. Vineyard sites are Briccolina, Collareto, Broglio, Le Turne, all in Serralunga, plus a bit of fruit from Parussi, which is in Castiglione Falletto. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2019 | Send Email
There are multiple generations of the Massolino family working together at the winery and they manage to maintain an impressive consistency from vintage to vintage. Their 2014 Barolo exceeded expectation in a very difficult vintage and was one of our very favorites. That being said, their 2015 is sublime. It melds rich, ripe fruit from a warm year with fresh acidity and tannins which makes it not only ideal for drinking now but also a candidate for the cellar. Another classic from Massolino.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2019 | Send Email
Another outstanding wine from Massolino and for certain a great rendition of the 2015 vintage. Perhaps the warm confiture of cherry fruit gives away the vintage but the structure and impeccable balance keep it all focused. This is a wine that will certainly cellar for years if not decades but the appeal is almost immediate. Absolutely gorgeous and also for a price that will keep even a modest collector such as myself certain to squirrel away a few bottles.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2019 | Send Email
Unlike the rather warm 2000 vintage, I find that the 2015 vintage produced complex and structured wines that retain an element of freshness and lift that make these wines surprisingly approachable in their youth. The Massolino Barolo is no exception. It possesses all the tell-tale aromatics and flavors you desire from Barolo; red cherries, licorice, red flowers; while remaining rather lively on the palate. There’s enough primary fruit to make it delicious now (decanting will help) but lord knows it has years of life ahead of it. This is superb pedigree for a mere $40. I give this a strong “buy” recommendation.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2019 | Send Email
One of the real Hallmarks of the 2015 vintage is drinkability and wineries such as Massolino whose Serralunga roots usually predict an undrinkable period, long cellaring and then glorious results have produced a wine that can do both. The nose is ultra-inviting with warm, open fruit, layers of cherries intermingled with smoke, earth and umami depth. On the palate is where the real shock is, this Barolo is supple, round and smooth, a drinkable Barolo from Massolino at this stage is almost unthinkable, yet this wine delivers. There might be comparisons to the very approachable 2000 vintage but 2015 is a much more structured vintage with real holding power. The wine has a tannic border, but those tannins are sweet and act as a frame rather than a cage holding the wine in. The finish is long, balanced and shows lots of expressive fruit now, but I do envision a period of Adolescence for this wine while it develops. An extraordinary deal for one of Barolo’s great producers.

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
Drinking Barolo is always a tough game of delayed gratification, waiting for its tannins to soften. It's a bit like staring at the pot waiting for the proverbial water to boil. But perhaps one effect of more frequent warm growing seasons in Piemonte is giving producers like Massolino an opportunity to capture the sun and deliver wines with classic Barolo punch, but in a riper and sexier package. Best of all, this wine is drinking well NOW. It has powerful fruit, candied rose petals and round tannins with the lingering finish of black licorice and tar that is so typical of the Serralunga Commune. Pop and pour with rich meat dishes, mushrooms and umami forward flavors. Delay gratification no more!

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
For an estate with such traditional roots, this is amazingly accessible and will be a great addition for any fan of Barolo. Pure, juicy red fruits and floral notes on the nose follow through to bright, refreshing flavors of crunchy strawberry and cherry. A mouthwatering finish leads to fine grain tannins that are not too tight or imposing even at this early stage. This is easygoing and well-made Barolo from a forward vintage and will deliver a ton of value over the coming decade-plus.

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