Massolino - Serralunga
Massolino has gone back and forth over the years in regards to their style. Franco Massolino freely admits to trying just about everything to improve his wines, and also freely admits that some efforts were mistaken. Today the wines have returned to a rather classic style and are as good or better than ever. the 2009 Margheria in particular was a beautifully elegant wine deserving more attention. 
15 to 18 days of maceration then aged in botte
Tight and small on the nose with  wet dark earth, rose hips, fine earth, camphor, and wild cherry Aromas. This is soft and easy on entry with a nice freshness to the earthy wild cherry fruit. This is quite simple, hitting that earthy wild cherry note right through the moderately long finish and while this may not be the most complex Barolo around it is an excellent entry point for people. This shows the soft tannins that were possible in 2009. 88pts

1985 was the first year of production for Margheria
Produced from 35 year old vines in soils that are relatively sandy and chalky so the cru tends to produce wines that are lighter and more elegant. This wine comes from vines that face southeast and are located mid-slope within the cru.
Maceration typically lasts for 3 weeks followed by two and a half years in wood.
Super fine on the nose with high toned wild strawberries framed with fine spice notes. This shows a gentle sweetness on entry in a style that is  very open and very transparent. There are lovely mineral notes early on the palate followed by pure red fruit with very clean woodsy spice notes and rose hip accents powering the moderately long finish. This is very pretty, and elegant really remarkable clarity on the palate, 93pts 
The wines are vilified pretty much the same to underline the difference terroir makes
From vines that are about sixty years old, with full southern exposure planted on compact soils of fossil rich marn that deliver low yields and powerful wines. 
Big and intense on the nose with  lots of spice, licorice, strawberry jam, bit of prune, touch of cocoa and something gently floral. This is dense and a touch raw in the mouth with lovely freshness to the fruit, Again one finds nice clarity but the Margheria has this beaten on  texture today. There’s big depth of to the wild cherry and stone flavors that lead to a clean finish that shows quite a bit tannic weight and minty and camphor aromatics. This show age quite well. 91pts
First vintage was 2007
Big fruit on the nose, which shows of aromas of cherries and rose petals along with something sweet and carob like topped with a touch of watermelon rind.  Dusty, and deceptively soft and broad on entry, this shows an early hint of  lime zest on the palate before this turns rather intense with lots of tart red fruit and masses of tannins. There’s  less detail than with  the Serralunga crus but more weight with intense raspberry fruit that trades power for focus. his s a wild card, it might turn into  velvet monster or may just remain the chunky powerhouse it is. 90pts
From the central part of the hill, 1.5 hectares facing south, 1 hectare facing southeast. 
Very ripe if rather classic with aromas of over ripe red fruits in alcohol, a bit of a balsamic tone, some waxy lipstick, some white soil tones as well. In the mouth this is rich, clear and fairly broad retaining  great focus to the raspberry, mineral and slightly herb tinged flavors really pop on the palate. The fine grained tannins add gentle support here and while this does taper off a bit on the finish, showing a bit of heat, this remains fairly elegant in light of the vintage. 91pts
Opened the day prior to tasting
What an explosive nose filled with spices, ripe fruit, tar, a big limestone note and some nettles and just a hint of nuttiness. This is silky in the mouth with lovely acids and super fine tannins showing excellent integration and yielding a gorgeous mouthfeel. This already has  lots of truffle and mineral notes forming around the youthful core dark fruit with big tannins clamping down on the chewy finish. With time that completely knit together mouthfeel while extend over the finish, and this remains very young but full of promise. 94pts
Opened the day prior to tasting
Gorgeous on the nose,just filed with  tar, earth, animal, wild herbs, spiced cherry and plum aromas with a hint of  root beer.  Silky and perhap a touch faded from being opened for 24 hours and a little warm to boot,  but this shows exceptional power, with cool firm fruit that is  slightly more rustic than what get made today. The long finish shows mineral and superb fine grained tannins in an elegant but powerful style. This should continue to improve for quite some time, though the fruit seems to have already taken a back seat. 92pts
Opened the day prior to tasting
Classic Rionda nose of iron, seeds, dried rose petals, spice and small red fruits shows lovely freshness and detail. This is another silky wine though it’s  a bit tired and lacks some focus on the palate, again from having been opened the day earlier,  though it is chewy and powerfully with late arriving acidity and truffle notes layered over faded rose petals and spicy red fruit with lots of mineral notes and still with tons of fine grained tannins, While not fruity this remains powerful and young with a long limestone finale, 94pts
Opened the day prior to tasting
Leafy and evolved on the nose but with fine mineral and red fruit notes. This remains powerful if somewhat rustic in the mouth with red cherry fruit and fine mineral cut. This is quite remarkable with distinctly evolved flavors  and yet a lovely youthful texture and a ong, fine  finish. Could stand some more fruit but it had been opened  for 24 hours. 90pts