This is no fly-by-night expansion into a neighboring region but instead a plan that took decades of planning. The major hurdle was that Massolino was unwilling to settle for anything other than the absolute best vineyards. If you remember, their Barolo empire is built off holding in three of the most desirable vineyards in Italy: Margheria, Parafada, and Vigna Rionda – the former is considered by most to be the crown jewel vineyard of Serralunga.
So despite years of hunting, it was during an encounter with Bernardino Gastaldi, a historical and ambitious Neive winemaker with parcels in three of Barbaresco’s most important vineyards: Albesani, Serraboella, and Starderi that finally kick started the project. Gastaldi’s approach in the vineyard was identical to those of Massolino team so he allowed them the opportunity to work with his astonishing crus.
Still – law dictates that a Barbaresco must not only be grown in the region but also made in the region so the Massolino team also built a brand new boutique state-of-the-art winery to handle production, an enormous investment.
94 Points, Decanter
The 2019 is the first vintage ever for Massolino with Barbaresco. A precise, even reductive style typical of the estate, it has an amazing definition of violet, rose and rhubarb melded with balsamic whiffs and savoury liquorice in depth. Firm acidity and tannins dominate the palate with elegance and integration; a woven structure which flows with dusty, ripe tannins and lifted freshness. More elegant than powerful, its quintessentially Barbaresco and not without sufficient concentration for ageing.
93 Points, Parker’s Wine Advcoate
The Massolino 2019 Barbaresco offers fine and delicate fiber with plenty of wild berry, blue flower, licorice and crushed stone. This wine remains a fresh and accessible taste of Nebbiolo from the gentle hills of Barbaresco.
93 Points, James Suckling
A pretty mineral nose showing blood orange, rust and a racy, dark raspberry and cranberry character. A hint of dry earth and vanilla as well. Very firm and sinewy with a medium-to full-bodied palate, showing impressive purity and fine grip. Very well-made.
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98 Points, Jeb Dunnuck – 96 Points, Vinous
The 2019 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is just superb, with layers of pure fruits and spices interwoven with vibrant cherry liqueur, candied roses, incense, and baking spice. Harmonious and balanced from the start, it offers ripe tannins, a seamless spine of fresh acidity, and fantastic length that leaves me wanting more. As it opens, it reveals more nuanced notes of apricot and saline earth. An outstanding medium to full-bodied red, this is one to cellar for a few years, as it has a ways to go before its full spectrum is revealed.”