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Vigna Rionda Massolino Barolo Parafada 2004
This 15 hectare estate has been in the Massolino family since 1896. Since 1994 the style of the wines has undergone a subtle transformation. Winemaker Franco Massolino has done a wonderful job of marrying change with a respect for tradition, something which sets him apart from most of the younger producers in Barolo today. This is in part dictated by the nature of the great vineyards that the Massolino family owns in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba - the source of some of the greatest, most structured, robust and long-lived Barolos. Fruit for this wine is grown in the 1.5 ha Parafada vineyard, situated at an altitude of 330 metres above sea level. The soil is composed of marl and limestone. The vines are Guyot trained and are planted at a density of 5,800 vines per hectare. The average age of these vines is 45 years. Fruit was hand picked in the second half of October.
The wine, its land, a famiy A century of work, four generations and an immense love of their land. The Massolino family have always made their wine here, in Serralunga d'Alba, at their home.
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.
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"The estates 2004 Barolo Parafada is the most accessible of these 2004 Barolos. It possesses a fat
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.
Parafada is a more forward nebbiolo from Serralunga than Margheria (below). Initial plum and wild blueberry scents hint at the richness of flavor. At first that richness is framed by acidity; after a day of air, the wineandrsquo;s tannic structure becomes more assertive. It finishes lean, with a lasting kiss of sweet fruit. Give it a few years before serving with roast lamb.
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 andrsquo;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 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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