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Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2013
Editorial Reviews for Massolino Barbera d'Alba
Aged in concrete and in SS Finely focused on the nose with floral laced high toned, black fruit. In the mouth one finds a clean and fresh feel that shows off the classic weight of Barbera. There’s just a hint of flesh, soft tannins, good obvious but not high acid all supporting lovely pure of fruit on the palate. Finishing firmly this unfolds in the mouth with mineral notes and a clean, palate cleansing wash of acid on the finale.Perfumed in the mouth, this does seem to be missing just a bit of fruit. 89pts
Only produced in special vintage, ie no 2012 Smells of wood, smoky and a little mushroomy with some Irish spring soap, and hints of slate, blue fruit, and sweet wood. Round, lush, packed with blue fruit on entry this is awfully sexy in the mouth in a powerful soft and sleek style There’s a little wood tannin drying out the finish a bit but this does have plenty of concentration of fruit and it shows excellent persistence on the finish. 89pts
Fruit from the lowest part of Rionda and west facing part of Margheria, called le tourne. Only produced in top vintages Creamy on the nose with a wood smoke top note over fine candied medicinal notes, the oak is fairly obvious. Big, ripe, polished, powerful, and deep on the palate with big fruit and creamy oak on the backend leading to long black cherry slightly candied finish. Integrated but powerful acids keep this lively in the mouth and while this has potential to improve, it's rather regal for Barbera already. It’s not my favorite due to the obvious oak but you can’t deny the quality here. 92pts
External Reviews for Massolino Barbera d'Alba
Cherry and black currant notes meld with the juicy texture in this supple Barbera. Pure and elegant, with fine harmony and a lingering aftertaste of fruit and spice. Drink now through 2017.
Bright dark red with ruby highlights. Lovely perfumed lift to the aromas of black cherry, violet and red licorice. Sappy, vibrant black cherry and floral flavors boast impressive silkiness of texture for 2012 barbera. Finishes juicy and long, with a palate-staining whiplash of fruit.
Deep purplish, almost impenetrable red. Elegant, sweet and tempting, the intense and fruity notes characteristic of Barbera emerge. Vinous, fresh and well balanced. An easy to drink wine which is tasty and rich without being excessively binding.
Founded in 1896 by Giovanni Massolino, this winery has remained dedicated, through four generations, to producing wines of the highest quality. The Massolino wines have always been recognized and distinguished for their strength and harmony.
"The classic barbera is a deep ruby red color. It has fragrances of fresh flowers and berries. On the palate
The 2008 Barbera drsquo;Alba is a fresh, vinous effort bursting with fragrant dark red fruit. The wine possesses excellent length, and a harmonious finish. This juicy Barbera is best enjoyed in its exuberant youth. Anticipated maturity: 2009ndash;2012.
A very rich nose of crushed berry and licorice follows through to a full-bodied palate, with soft tannins and a thick, almost jammy, finish. Smooth and caressing. Best after 2007.
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