Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2018

Massolino has really been on a roll over the last few vintages… truly impressive wines that further solidify the estate’s place among the elite producers of Barolo. While these wines have been terrific for quite some time, in recent years Massolino has found an added element of finesse and nuance. ANTONIO GALLONI

There are many great things to write about Massolino, a family winery based in Serralunga d’Alba. As I reflect on these wines, I am struck by the harmony and perfection of the overall portfolio: the clear identity of each product and its placement within the Massolino quality pyramid MONICA LARNER 2020

I can’t think of many things the Massoino brothers don’t do well ANTONIO GALLONI

Looking through the new releases from this hallowed estate recently it was easy to be wowed by the bracket of 2016 Cru Baroli or the 2014 Riserva, for good reason too, they were brilliant. The wine that stuck in my mind after the tasting though, the Dolcetto. I know, I can almost people shaking their heads and tsk’ing at me for saying this. I am not saying it was the greatest wine, in what was a phenomenal bracket. I am saying that it really stood out for me because it was so strikingly good and such a compelling expression of both the variety and its terroir that it was hard not to get excited.

After finishing the tasting I returned to the Dolcetto to make sure it wasn’t just excitement and really that is when I got a real sense for just how good this little wine is. It has all the hallmarks of its region with and that powerful, dark fruit and rocky elements of Serralunga. I haven’t read many wine reviews over the years I would agree with more than the one from Antonio Galloni below, so I wont add much other than to say that, this is an absolutely sensational offering from one of the great estates of Barolo who is at the peak of their prowess and sings of its place and time and it is $35 a bottle. Shockingly good value and equally pleasurable to drink.

A final little point, one I have made a few times. Dolcetto doesn’t really get the love it deserves here in Australia. As a wine for the table and a wine to share with friends it has few rivals for its compatibility with a range of food and its mass appeal. Dolcetto of this quality should be on the radar of everyone who loves good wine.

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