Massolino’s Langhe Nebbiolo 2017 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, plum-and-lavender-noted Nebbiolo with the salty, 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.
This is an elegant, refined take on Nebbiolo, with bright and tonic fruit that just makes it a fun wine. There’s an easy structure to the Langhe Nebbiolo, a freshness and very bright appearance that are easy to love. For this one, see if you can get your hands on some Bra sausage. 91 points – Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate #243