Massolino Vigna Parafada Barolo 2009
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
The Massolino Parafada comes from the estate's oldest vines. The wine displays deep garnet red with bright hues which naturally evolve with age. On the nose, intense, very complex, offering a wide range of notes; with remarkable red fruit combined with floral and spicy hints. Especially after a few years of ageing, this Barolo shows all the elegance and charm that only Nebbiolo grapes can offer. On the palate, robust, rich and austere. It perfectly reflects the great complexity of the soil in Serralunga d'Alba.
The perfect Barolo for long ageing.
Wine Spectator - "A bright, pure red, offering cherry and raspberry flavors accented by cedar, tobacco and woodsy notes. Linear and taut, presenting a firm grip of tannins, with plenty of energy driving the long, mouthwatering finish."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Barolo Parafada (also a product of the rich, clay soils of Serralunga d’Alba) presents the darkest color of the three and bursts open with ripe flavors of dried blackberry, tobacco, used leather and licorice. But this is in no way a one-dimensional wine. It offers delightful endnotes of blue flower, peppermint, black mineral and cola that come as a pleasant surprise. The wine needs a few more years to open fully. "
International Wine Cellar - "The 2009 Barolo Parafada (also a product of the rich, clay soils of Serralunga d’Alba) presents the darkest color of the three and bursts open with ripe flavors of dried blackberry, tobacco, used leather and licorice. But this is in no way a one-dimensional wine. It offers delightful endnotes of blue flower, peppermint, black mineral and cola that come as a pleasant surprise. The wine needs a few more years to open fully. "
James Suckling - "Aromas of dark berries and hints of cut oak. Full-bodied with pure and bright fruit such as raspberries and lemon rind. This needs another two or three years to come together"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2009 Barolo Parafada is one of the rounder, deeper wines in the lineup. Hints of smoke, tar, dried flowers and licorice add complexity to a core of dark red/black fruit. The warm quality of the vintage seems stylistically well suited to the personality of this site. A rich, enveloping finish rounds things out nicely."
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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.