Massolino is a more than 100 year old winery in the subregion of Serralunga in Piedmont. It owns seven vineyards there with quite different soil profiles. The Barolo is a blend from these vineyards. It is matured for 24 months in Slovenian oak. It is one of the best priced Barolos around.
I drank the 2005 Massolino Barolo last night. The first thing that strikes you is the label. It is extremely simple, yet very striking. The colour of the wine is garnet, but the core is quite dark, as is to be expected from Serralunga.
The wine is dark fruited, but not very big. It is a balanced wine, where the fruit plays second fiddle to tar and roses, bacon and smoke. These flavours are engulfed in fine tannins. While the vitality has gone in this wine, it is settled and somehow peaceful, and it finishes long.