Massolino Barolo Parafada 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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

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Massolino:
Established in 1896 by Giovanni Massolino, the winery has been dedicated to the production of great wines from the Langhe area for four generations and currently three generations are involved in the day to day winemaking activities. Today Giuseppe Massolino, who was one of the founders of the Consorzio Barolo e Barbaresco, oversees his sons Giovanni and Renato, who split responsibilities for t... Read more
Established in 1896 by Giovanni Massolino, the winery has been dedicated to the production of great wines from the Langhe area for four generations and currently three generations are involved in the day to day winemaking activities. Today Giuseppe Massolino, who was one of the founders of the Consorzio Barolo e Barbaresco, oversees his sons Giovanni and Renato, who split responsibilities for the vineyards and the cellar management, while Giovanni's son, Franco, is the winemaker. Over the years, the name Massolino has become synonymous with robust, concentrated and well structured Barolo. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Massolino Barolo Parafada

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,796
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 07/13/2014

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,796
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/21/2013

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,796
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 05/21/2009

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


Member Reviews for Massolino Barolo Parafada

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,796
4.70 5
Vintage: 2010 07/13/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,796
4.60 5
Vintage: 2009 06/21/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: lglover
91670124
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 03/09/2009

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.


Snooth User: crsh1976
2869668
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 11/23/2009

Five glasses


Snooth User: Barberolo
721003,140
4.50 5
Vintage: 2001 01/02/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Massolino Barolo Parafada

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 01/13/2015

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 01/13/2015

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 01/20/2015

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 01/13/2015

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/27/2011

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


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 05/22/2011

Very ripe strawberry and milk chocolate aromas follow through to a full body, with ultrafine tannins and a long, caressing finish. Silky and refined. Shows balance. Best after 2011.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 01/10/2013

The estateandrsquo;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: 2010andndash;2020.


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