Massolino Vigna Margheria Barolo 2009
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
The Massolino displays deep garnet red color with ethereal aromas, featuring spicy, tobacco and brushwood notes; there are also important mineral notes. Classic and nicely harmonious wine, tannic when young and with considerable ageing potential, making it an unmistakable "Nebbiolo of Serralunga".
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Barolo Margheria, however, moves us over to the Serralunga d’Alba township where power and structure are the name of the game. This wine shows big bones with firmly rooted tannins and a bold, fleshy quality of fruit. Black currant, chopped mint and licorice are woven tightly within the fabric of the wine."
Wine Spectator - "Beautiful cherry, strawberry, tobacco and leather flavors are displayed on the rich texture and firm structure of this sinewy red. The tannins are dusty, but this manages to find equilibrium on the long, savory finish."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2009 Barolo Margheria is racy, delineated and energetic. Sweet red berries, flowers, mint and licorice jump from the glass. There is an attractive juiciness in the Margheria. I imagine the 2009 will drink well relatively early, but also develop nicely in bottle. Rose petals, dried herbs, violets and tar are all layered into the finish."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright medium red. Aromatic nose combines redcurrant, raspberry, cherry, dried herbs, spices and rose petal. Silky, floral and vibrant, with a distinctly delicate character to its juicy red fruit, tobacco and floral flavors. A lovely example from lighter sandy soil. Finishes juicy and long, with a slight youthful dryness that calls for at least a couple years of additional bottle aging.
Range: 91+ Points"
Wine & Spirits - "From a cru in Serralunga d’Alba, this is youthfully tough, all hard edges at the moment. The aroma is closed off by reduction and the acidity is as potent as the tannins. Yet the fruit packed into the middle of the wine bodes well for long aging."
James Suckling - "Attractive pureness of fruit here with hints of cut wood and rose petals on the nose and palate. Medium to full body and fine tannins"
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Founded in 1896 by Giovanni Massolino, this winery has remained dedicated, through four generations, to producing wines of the highest quality. The Massolino wines have always been recognized and distinguished for their strength and harmony. View all Massolino Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.