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Massolino’s first Barbaresco release is comprised of two wines. The first is a blend of all three parcels now farmed in Neive: Albesani, Serraboella and Starderi. Of these vineyards, Albesani is the best known (and is covered in more detail in the notes of the single-cru bottling). Serraboella, which accounts for the lion’s share of the blend, is one of the most celebrated sites in the eastern sector of Neive. Massolino’s vines here lie on the preferred southwest-facing hill, on light soils overlooking the village. Starderi lies on the western side of Neive; it’s a sunnier terroir that generates power and brings flesh to the blend.
The winemaking is hardly different from that of the Barolo wines. Fermentations are wild and take place in large oak fermenters. The 2019 saw about three weeks on skins before aging in large Slavonian oak barrels for up to 18 months.
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