Massolino

Piemonte
www.massolino.it

Background

This 23 hectare estate has been in the Massolino family since 1896. In recent years, the style of the wines has undergone a subtle transformation.

Winemaker Franco Massolino has done a wonderful job of marrying change with a respect for tradition, something that sets them apart from many of the younger producers in Barolo today. This is in part dictated by the nature of the vineyards, with vines up to 60 years old, that the Massolino family owns in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba, the source of some of the greatest, most structured and longest-lived Barolo.

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Inspiration

My inspirational wine

When I was 21, I lost a bet with a friend and the penalty was dinner with wines at a place of his choosing. We went to 'Da Guido' in Costigliole d'Asti, one of the best known restaurants in the area, and among others, we drank a bottle blind of 1989 Barolo Collina Rionda from Bruno Giacosa. It was an incredible wine which inspired me to think deeply. Despite the fact that it was all on me, I still think my friend's choice of wine and venue was excellent! Franco Massolino.