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 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."
The Wine Advocate
"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."
"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."
"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."
International Wine Cellar
Big & Bold
At seven years of age, it's still a baby and needs further cellaring. I've tasted other Barolos that were as impressive at more attractive prices. Nevertheless, an excellent and stylish wine.