Massolino Barolo DOCG 2011

Despite 2011 only being an OK year, Massolino Barolo is somehow unique and utterly delightful.

I’m sitting here drinking this Barolo and thinking it’s young, but really I think this is as good as this wine is going to get – and let me assure you that is pretty damn good.

Its clean, toasty, leathery aromas are a little hard to find in the aromas of the wine but it more than makes up for the loss of allure in the mouth.

Bone dry and grippy, with fine-grained tannins and gorgeous spicy fruit – cloves, pepper, cocoa, cherry – all ending in a long finish.

I can think of few wines right now that would go better with food. You’d have to be careful not to overshadow the Barolo – it is made from the sensitive Nebbiolo after all – but it’s really worth cooking something special for this wine, or enjoying it with your favourite cheese board.

Highly recommended!

 

Serve with…

…try this Barolo with some premium sheep’s cheese and crackers (maybe even throw in some bresaola?) or enjoy with a sit down meal of a perfectly grilled fillet steak.

BFW Rating


Overall

Balanced and original take on Barolo style. This is a very, very good wine.

Body:
Medium – Full Bodied


Variety:
Nebbiolo


Region:
Piedmont, Italy


Alcohol:
14.5%

Vintage:
2011


Price:
c. £30


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