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Massolino - The First Course: The Knockout 2020 Langhe Nebbiolo, and Friends…

Massolino - The First Course: The Knockout 2020 Langhe Nebbiolo, and Friends…

“...Massolino is a producer that falls into a small, elite group. It not only delivers admirable top-end nebbiolo wines, which is ultimately what it will be judged on, but it also makes a near-perfect range that starts with the delicious dolcetto and runs seamlessly though the barbera, to basic nebbiolo before arriving at the top tier wines.” Nick Stock, Gourmet Traveller Wine

The wines on Massolino’s undercard have never tasted finer. Nick Stock put it impeccably when, back in 2015, he described the range as “near-perfect”. Since that time, the Massolino team has only made further progress in both their vineyards and cantina. They are harvesting more pristine grapes than ever before, and the move towards ever-gentler winemaking shines through in the wines’ purity and effortless balance.

The Barbera and Dolcetto are drawn from the 2021 vintage, a year which Franco Massolino says gifted wines of ‘very pure expression, pretty elegance and balance, but also with strong personality’. In recent years, we feel Massolino has raised the bar with these two entry-level reds and the new wines certainly fit with this trajectory. Expect a pair of vivid and mouth-watering values that punch well above their price points. Then, from the hyped 2020 vintage, the Langhe Nebbiolo; a wine full of captivating strawberry fragrance, precision and the kind of lacy succulence which can only be derived from one of Piemonte’s finest addresses. We were blown away; the 2020 sets another high-water mark for this perennial overachiever.

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