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2013 Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva

2013 Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva

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Barolo
2013
750ml
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$319.99
Barolo
2013
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Vigna Rionda is historically the most revered vineyard of Serralunga, the source of some of the greatest, finest yet most robust, and long-lived Barolo. It also produces a wine with excellent acidity and tannins that require longer aging in botti and bottle. That is why it is released with a minimum six years of age.

    With enough age, Vigna Rionda blossoms into an intensely perfumed, ultra-fine, pure and succulent wine with very fine tannins. It's exceptionally fine, with complex aromas of wild fruits floating over a dark, ferrous core. In the cellar, decades will not weary it!

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • The soil in Vigna Rionda is similar to the Parafada vineyard (limey/chalky marls), yet it is deeper again. There is more chalk and also a higher concentration of minerals and oxidised iron elements. The deeper soils, the altitude of 330 metres above sea level, and the protection from northern winds and frost that the south/southwestern slopes affords means that Vigna Rionda has a longer growing season than the other crus. All these factors combine to produce a terroir that generates wines with an optimum balance of perfume, finesse and structure rarely found elsewhere in Barolo.

    Traditional Barolo par excellence, with fermentation and maceration lasting 25-30 days at temperatures which vary between 31 and 33°C. It is aged for a total of 6 years, 3 and a half of which in traditional large Slavonian oak barrels and the remaining 2 and a half in the bottle.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Founded in 1896, Massolino Winery, is based in and around the town of Serralunga, one of the prime sub-zones of the Barolo DOC. The Massolino family’s greatest asset is of course their 23 hectares of (mostly) Serralunga vineyards, including choice parcels of such famous sites as; Margheria, Parafada and the legendary Vigna Rionda. We say ‘mostly’ as the Massolino clan recently purchased a slice of the Parussi cru in Castiglione Falletto. Serrralunga, on the eastern edge of the Barolo DOCG, produces some of most profound and long lived Barolo. It is the home of great names such as Giacomo Conterno and Bruno Giacosa’s Falletto vineyard. The wines often have an extra stuffing of intense Nebbiolo fruit as well as a remarkable minerality that plays on both the freshness of the tannins and gives the wines a certain ferrous edge when young. It is fair to say that Massolino holds the most remarkable collection of vineyards in Serralunga, amongst the smaller, quality focused producers anyway. The quality strides at this estate over the last 10-15 years have been remarkable with significant advances made, particularly in the vineyards. Certainly there has also been refinements in the cellars, firstly by Franco Massolino and then by current winemaker Giovanni Angeli (ex Vajra) who has been working with Franco since the 2005 harvest. As always however, it has been the work in the vineyards and the search for expressive and perfectly ripe fruit that has driven the rise in quality at this estate. The resultant improvement here has been very good news for both the commune and Barolo in general. Today the wines of Massolino sit comfortably among the finest of the region – they are wines of wonderful purity and elegance. They are exclusively aged in large casks, so they are ‘traditional’ and yet they offer the best of the “old” and “new” worlds: pure, aromatic, textural, deeply flavoured wines that are at the same time precise, vibrant and distinctly regional. These are wines that score extremely highly on our deliciousness scale. Equally important, these wines are remarkably well priced when compared to the other top producers of the area.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 98 POINTS

    KERIN O’KEEFE - WINE ENTHUSIAST


    Hailing from one of the most celebrated vineyards in the entire denomination, this focused beauty boasts layers of complexity and depth, starting with its classic Nebbiolo aromas of forest floor, new leather, violet and wild berry. Balanced and firmly structured, the palate shows tension, power and elegance, delivering succulent Morello cherry, crushed raspberry, tobacco and licorice alongside firm, aristocratic tannins. It's still young but already beautifully balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2023–2053.

    97 POINTS

    MONICA LARNER - WINE ADVOCATE


    The Vigna Rionda in Serralunga d'Alba is measured at about ten hectares, and eight single-vineyard wines claim this provenance. Massolino counts a quarter of that total, making this estate the biggest landowner in Vigna Rionda. First produced in 1982, this is the ace in Massolino's rotation, and the 2013 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda is a true standout in the appellation. It is finer, more elegant and more compact than its peers, bringing a spicy personality that belies a profound and deep nature. It's still tense, a little nervous and has some cellar time ahead of it, but this is a beautifully precise wine. This cru site is composed of sedimentary layers of sandy, yellow and ferrous marlstone that absorbs the moisture well. The soils are poor in organic substances, and therefore, the vigor of the plants is naturally reduced, as are yields, resulting in extra concentration and richness. Vigna Rionda also reaches phenolic maturity earlier than other sites, but that does not necessarily mean that it is the first of the vineyards to be harvested. The wine is aged in very mild oak in order to maintain the purity of the fruit and the robust tannins that come naturally to it. This is a real treasure for your cellar. 97+.

    97 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW


    Medium to full brick-red hue. Slightly muffled at first, the bouquet emerges as spicy, earthy and showing some mellowness from development, but a little closed. An elegant wine, very savoury, dry and high-acid, building subtle fragrance as it opens in the glass. Dried balsamic herbs and licorice notes. Great intensity and power. Harmonious, and already starting to drink superbly, the tannins very refined and long. A stunning wine. (Altitude 330 metres on a sheltered south-SW slope. Deep limy, chalky marl soils. The most revered site in Serralunga, known for great, long-living wines.)

    96 POINTS

    ANDREW GRAHAM - OZWINEREVIEW.COM


    Pure and beautiful and lively, with truffles and cherries aplenty. But it’s dense and tannic too, the middle thick with blue fruit density. Though it dances around with natural acidity through the finish too. Ahh. What sets this apart is something outre in the red fruit. A sense that there is more here than just ripe fruit and tannins. A hint of magic. And then it finishes with these mouth-coating tannins that can’t be missed, with no alcohol intrusion, no oak butting in. It’s just long, fine, and proper tannic. Lots of great, expensive wines aren’t actually much fun to drink. But this is a joy to sip and a cerebral wine delight.

    96 POINTS

    ANTONIO GALLONI MW - VINOUS


    An embryonic, yet fascinating wine, the 2013 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda is both hauntingly perfumed and also massively tannic. There is no rush, as the 2013 won't be bottled anytime soon. Nevertheless, it is fascinating to catch the 2013 at this early stage in its life. I have often written that Rionda is the Musigny of Barolo. In 2013, Massolino's Rionda is like a top Musigny but with the tannic spine of a superb Bonnes-Mares. 93-96 Points

    96 POINTS

    JAMES SUCKLING


    Sweet-plum and orange-peel aromas here. Full-bodied, very tight and reserved with ripe and chewy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Shows power and finesse at the same time. Great reserve wine. Drink in 2022.

    WALTER SPELLER - JANCISROBINSON.COM


    Serralunga d’Alba. ‘A year with such intense tannins and immense energy that we felt it needed bottle age.’ More than a month on the skins and aged for four and half years in oak. Brooding intensity and bags of minerals on the nose. Minerals and tightly wound cherry fruit on the palate with finely chiselled tannins in perfect harmony with the fruit. Stunning balance and precision. Elegant and persistent and should age for much longer, but hard to resist. 18 / 20 Points.