Vigna Rionda Massolino Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda 2004
"The 2004 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda reveals superb complexity and nuance in a never-ending display of aromas and flavors that saturate the palate. Tobacco, truffles, spices, licorice and dark fruit swirl around in the glass as the wine continues to gain volume and depth with air. The tannins are massive yet beautifully balanced and the stage seems set for the 2004 to develop into one of the finest Vigna Riondas crafted here. Constantly changing in the glass, the wine captures that characteristic Rionda elusiveness that invites a second taste and then a third. In sum, it is a Barolo that will provide endless fascination for many years to come. Incredibly, it tastes almost as youthful as it did from barrel a few years ago! Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031...96" WA 02/10 This is a superb set of 2006 Barolos from Massolino. The wines show a combination of power and elegance that in some ways recalls 1996. These 2006s will require time, but the investment will be well worth it. Massolino remains very much in the traditional camp. If anything, an increase in the use of cement (especially for the malos) and a greater reliance on large oak for the Barolo Parafada signal a move towards more classicism in the wines. These exceptionally pure, elegant Barolos merit special consideration.
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.
Editorial Reviews for Vigna Rionda Massolino Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda
What an explosive nose filled with spices, ripe fruit, tar, a big limestone note and some nettles and just a hint of nuttiness. This is silky in the mouth with lovely acids and super fine tannins showing excellent integration and yielding a gorgeous mouthfeel. This already has lots of truffle and mineral notes forming around the youthful core dark fruit with big tannins clamping down on the chewy finish. With time that completely knit together mouthfeel while extend over the finish, and this remains very young but full of promise. 94pts