Massolino’s Langhe Nebbiolo 2016 is simply a ‘declassified’ Barolo, hence the more immediate fragrance and finesse and less tannin. It is crafted for early enjoyment. Built on perfume and finesse, it’s a suave, fragrant, cherry and wild strawberry noted Nebbiolo with the savoury, chalky undertow that’s so typical of Massolino and Serralunga in general.
Grapes are sourced from Massolino’s younger Barolo vines, which cover approximately 2 hectares in Serralunga. When these vines are old enough they will help produce the Barolo proper. As was the case in 2014 and 2015 some fruit from the older Barolo vines also make it into this cuvée. Like all Massolino Nebbiolo, it is aged in large Slavonian oak casks. The Langhe only spends 12-18 months in wood, compared with the Barolo’s 24+ months.
“Langhe Neb in a screwcap. Praise be. Bright, spicy, red cherry, some new leather. Medium-bodied, fresh and lively, bright fruit, almost jubey, but savoury flavours with it. Tannin has a chamois-like feel, red fruit on the finish, and plenty of grip. It’s a good iteration of this wine. Not quite ready now, and while juicy fun it may be, it’ll be much better in a couple of years.” 91 points, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au