Massolino Barolo Parafada 2012
Very compact, calcareous soil, 70 year old vines, Smoky and briary on the nose which is rich with aromas of black fruit, and jumps around in the glass revealing sweet dried strawberry and rhubarb aromas, hints of incense, pipe tobacco, and stemmy herb notes. Deep, transparent and elegant on the palate this is holding back a lot in reserve with a palate that is mineraly today with finely delineated fruit. Crystal clear on the palate with ripe, powerful tannins, great purity to the fruit, great length, long extracty finish with minerality that emerges on the palate and drives the finish like a laser. This is austere and rigid today but with great potential. 94ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for Massolino Barolo Parafada
Very compact, calcareous soil, 70 year old vines, Smoky and briary on the nose which is rich with aromas of black fruit, and jumps around in the glass revealing sweet dried strawberry and rhubarb aromas, hints of incense, pipe tobacco, and stemmy herb notes. Deep, transparent and elegant on the palate this is holding back a lot in reserve with a palate that is mineraly today with finely delineated fruit. Crystal clear on the palate with ripe, powerful tannins, great purity to the fruit, great length, long extracty finish with minerality that emerges on the palate and drives the finish like a laser. This is austere and rigid today but with great potential. 94pts
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
AWE blind tasting - a fair amount of smoky oak here, still some medicinal character, lacks detail, nicely managed tannins, an easier mouthfeel, a bit of chewy extract, lacks follow through, short, 85-86
Four and a half glasses
Four and a half glasses
3.25 stars Appearance: medium ruby with slight brick core Nose: medium intensity aromas of violet, date Palate: high acidity, medium velvety tannins, long length, flavors of floral, date, fig and strangely ruby grapefruit on the finish. The wine is clearly meant to be drank with a hearty Piedmontese or Tuscany style meal. The ruby grapefruit finish was strange at first but helped the wine have a palate cleaning finish that was quite nice.
Four and a half glasses
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The black currant and cherry fruit drapes over the fine-grained texture in this refined red. Balanced and long, with tobacco and mineral elements. There are ample tannins despite the finesse. Best from 2017 through 2032.
Good deep red. Musky aromas of spices, menthol and marzipan are currently blocked by nutty reduction. Big and rich but light on its feet, with red fruit and spice flavors currently in the deep background. This is really brutally closed today and revealing very little. Finishes with serious, youthfully tough tannins. Almost certainly better than it’s showing today, but this is locked up tight. For his part, Massolino predicts that 2010 will be a 40-year vintage for Barolo.
From the Serralunga d’Alba township, the 2010 Barolo Parafada is a powerhouse wine that meets that difficult balance between elegance and sheer muscle. Of Massolino’s new releases, this wine stands apart for its beautifully saturated appearance and the rich plushness of the mouthfeel. This is a gorgeous wine that is not too far off from the start of its drinking window. With just a few more years in the cellar, Parafada has the natural power and structure to pair with succulent cuts of meat. Drink: 2016–2030.
Powerfully structured yet surprisingly graceful, this is one of the stars of the vintage. It seamlessly weaves together tobacco, underbrush, leather and intense balsamic sensations with succulent black cherry, raspberry and licorice flavors. It’s all supported by a backbone of lively acidity and noble tannins. This will age and evolve for decades. Drink 2020–2050.
Dark and richly flavored with black cherry, plum and violet. There's a gracefulness here, but also density and texture to the tannins, which provide grip on the mineral-infused finish. Best from 2013 through 2035. -BS Wine Spectator. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2006 Massolino Barolo Vigna Parafada 750ml
Parafada often straddles the line between masculine and feminine Barolo, combining the powerful tannin of Serralunga with the silky, rich fruit often found in other communes. In ’05 it balances generous flavors of plum and rose with high-toned acidity and a cooling note of damp earth and truffles. Cellar it for up to ten years before decanting a bottle with braised short ribs.
The estate’s 2004 Barolo Parafada is the most accessible of these 2004 Barolos. It possesses a fat, unctuous texture, with superb ripeness, poise and balance. A note of sweetness from the French oak lingers on the finish. In 2004 the Parafada is aged in a mix of 40% cask, 30% 500 liter barrels and 30% 225 liter barrels. The use of French oak gives this wine its full-bodied, soft, fruit-driven texture. Anticipated maturity: 2010–2020.
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