Massolino Vigna Parussi Barolo 2009
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Deep garnet red color. Ethereal and enveloping with intense and persistent notes of sweet spices, sandalwood, tobacco and leather. Great structure. Remarkable tannin which softens with time and make it a perfect wine also for ageing. Its very long finish is typical of Barolos from Castiglione Falletto.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Barolo Parussi sees fruit sourced from the Castiglione Falletto township and consequently shows the most ethereal and refined characteristics of these three vineyard-designate wines. Rosehip, forest berry and even a touch of stone fruit or apricot emerge at first, followed by heavier aromas of tar and black licorice. The wine shows impressive elegance, finesse, silky tannins and fresh acidity. Those overall attributes, melded so perfectly together, are rare to find in the warmer 2009 vintage."
Wine Spectator - "The tobacco and briar notes are effusive in this sleek, firmly structured red, offering cherry and raspberry fruit. Offers mouthcoating tannins that leave a strong grip on the finish. A tad dry in the balance, but otherwise solid."
International Wine Cellar - "Good bright, full red. Cooler, bluer aromas of blueberry, mint, camphor and licorice. Large-scaled, silky and plush on entry but quite backward on the back half. Major tannins dust the tongue and front teeth on the rather muscular finish. This soil gives different tannins from most other Serralunga vineyard, notes Massolino, but the Parussi is still a powerful, masculine style of Barolo."
James Suckling - "A soft and velvety wine with plums, hazelnut and dried mushroom character. Full body, with an attractive mouthfeel. Needs time to open and show what it really has. Balanced and attractive."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Massolino's 2009 Barolo Parussi brings together many of the best qualities of the vintage. The aromatics are bright and focused, yet at the same time, there is plenty of depth to the fruit. Sweet, layeed and beautifully articulated, the 2009 Parussi stands out for its balance and iverall harmony. Firm yet integrated tannins support the brisk, inviting finish. Today, the Parussi is the brightest of Massolino's 2009 Barolos."
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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
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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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