Ask any grower what the great historic vineyards of Barolo are and you get a whole number of responses depending on their own bias or, indeed, vineyard holdings. However Brunate, Rocche, Cannubi and Vigna Rionda are four that consistently come up, as equally from growers who don’t have holdings in these vineyards as those that do. Rionda, one of the very greatest vineyards in Barolo, is based in the Serralunga Commune. Massolino, are the single biggest land owner with 2.5ha. Franco and Roberto Massolino, the fourth generation to take the reins at this family estate, have been making the wine and managing the vineyards since the 1990s. They have built up an outstanding reputation for thrilling, pure Serralunga Barolos, made in a way that is traditional in the best possible sense: Rigour in the vineyards, yield control and a softly softly approach in the cellars allows them to make intense, sophisticated and polished wines that truly reflect their terroir. Their vineyard holdings also extend to other highly esteemed Serralunga vineyards such as Margheria and Parafada. The wines are aged in large old slavonian oak casks for up to 3 years for the Crus and 4 years for the Riservas. Massolino is one of those estates that is as widely respected by its peers as it is adored by Barolo fanatics, their wines are a must-have for any Nebbiolophile.
Barolo is greatest, most intense and expressive display of the Northern Italian grape variety Nebbiolo. The name is given to bottles from the Piedmont area, made exclusively from Nebbiolo, and coming from the five core towns of Barolo, La Morra, Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte d'Alba, along with certain other peripherary villages. The wines offer power, aromatics and longevity that is almost unmatched elsewhere in Italy, perhaps the world. Top, forward thinking producers have pushed huge changes in the winemaking culture of the area, and as a result finer, purer Barolo is being produced than ever before.