2004 Massolino Barolo 'Vigna Rionda Riserva Dieci' (MAGNUM)
SKU: B335 / 1606 /Regular price $389.95
On the eastern flank of Barolo lies the commune of Serralunga d'Alba, a celebrated subzone whose wines can represent the epitome of ruggedly structured wines which beg for years of aging before they reveal their core. Within this commune are some of the all time great contributors to the single cru approach where Barolo's are produced with a true sense of place and singularity. Francia, Parafada, Margheria, and Vigna Rionda are some of these top sites with the latter three being in the hands of the Massolino family for decades and Vigna Rionda in particular being their signature. For a period in the 1990's and early 2000's, the winemaking style here stepped in the modern, more ripe and oak-influenced camp of Nebbiolo. However, the pendulum is swinging back towards the traditional sense at Massolino where robust Baroli lead the charge.
The aformentioned 'Vigna Rionda' is a special wine but in exceptional vintages, like 2004, the wine reaches even greater heights. Given the conditions, the Massolino's release a minute quantity of this Riserva-level Barolo aged ten or 'dieci' years in their cellars. 2004 was a vintage for the ages in the Langhe, producing wines of balance and the structure necessary for long aging. As true to the Massolino style, this bottling has definite charm now but also will reward the patient.