Massolino Vigna Rionda Riserva Barolo 2007
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
The Massolino Rionda Riserva displays bright garnet, red color and from very intensely floral in the early years to characteristic "goudron" as it ages, through a multitude of scents which are always particularly seductive. Probably the most potent of all the Massolino wines, it perfectly summarizes the essential characteristics of Barolo wine, such as grand structure, excellent alcohol concentration and tannins capable of guaranteeing very long ageing. It opens up gradually and reaches its maximum and most important expression after ageing for a few years; this leads to its release for sale in the sixth year after harvesting with an increasingly consistent part of the wine being held back for release in the tenth year!
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda is a gorgeous wine that presents a stunning perspective on the Nebbiolo grape. Its magic is on full display. Ethereal and elegant, the bouquet presents a never-ending succession of wild fruit, underbrush, cola, licorice, freshly chopped mint, dried ginger, balsam overtones and exotic spice. Think of the grape’s most elegant characteristics and you get them all here. In the mouth, the wine feels fleshy and generous with thick layers of fruit that are amply supported by the firm but fine tannins. Its aging future looks bright."
James Suckling - "Aromas of dark fruits with hints of tangerines and flowers. Full body with soft, round tannins and a bright finish. Tangy and delicious. This is round and wonderfully rich with lovely fruit and a flavorful finish. Fabulously textured."
Wine Spectator - "Cherry and raspberry aromas and flavors mark this sleek, elegant red. Balsamic and tobacco notes add interest as this firms up on the dusty finish. Fresh and long."
International Wine Cellar - "Good bright red. Expressive smoky aromas of red berries, plum, menthol and mocha, with a hint of medicinal austerity. Fat, sweet and liqueur-like, but with harmonious acidity giving the middle palate a surprisingly light touch. Still, this is rather subdued today and does not show the lift or stuffing of the 2009 Parussi that preceded it in my tasting. Finishes with dusty tannins and a faint tart edge."
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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.
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