Vigna Rionda Massolino Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda 2002
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 that 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. Grapes for this wine were grown in the 2.6 hectare ‘Vigna Rionda’ vineyard, which is one of 35 recognised Serralunga crus. Situated mid-slope at 330 metres above sea level, the vineyard is at an ideal altitude for Nebbiolo and is protected from northern winds by the Castelletto hills. The marl-limestone mix of soils and microclimate together enable the production of wines with an optimum balance of structure, aroma and finesse rarely found elsewhere. The vines are traditional Guyot-trained and are planted at a density of 5000 to 6000 vines per hectare. The average yield is 45 hl/ha and the vines are on average 15-35 years old. Fruit was hand-picked in the second half of October. Good depth of colour for Nebbiolo, this has great power and intensity on both nose and palate. It is intense and truffley on the nose yet fresh and rose-scented. On the palate, it is rich and balanced, with great length and ripe, supple tannins.
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.
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