2003 Massolino Barolo SKU #1053214


RP 92
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Tasting Notes

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Massolino decided against bottling their single-vineyard Barolos in 2003, opting instead for a blend, which consumers will be able to enjoy at a very reasonable price considering today's market environment. The estate's 2003 Barolo is made in a soft approachable style. It reveals notable depth in its core of vibrant black cherries with lovely purity and well-integrated tannins. This is a terrific effort from Massolino. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018." (10/07) According to Wine Spectator: "Bright and fruity, with raspberry and lemon aromas that follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with chewy tannins and a slightly austere finish. The only Barolo from this producer in 2003. Best after 2010." (10/07) And from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark, saturated ruby. Rich aromas of cherries macerated in alcohol, fig, dark chocolate and balsamic mint. The flavors are similar to the aromas but are somewhat blurred by excessive oakiness. Spicy plum and espresso notes emerge on the suave, moderately long finish. A rich, extracted style of Barolo that has many admirers." (10/07)

Staff Reviews

  • Chiara Shannon
    By: Chiara Shannon
    K&L Staff Member
    Looking for a delicious Barolo to drink tonight? The 2003 Massolino is showing beautifully now, with a nose full of ripe, dark fruit accented by anise and a little mocha spice. Dark, rich, and round, with firm but not oppressive tannins, and a minerally finish, this is an elegant yet approachable wine that overdelivers for the price. Also makes a marvelous pairing with coffee and pepper braised short ribs, asparagus with parmesan, and celery root mashed potatoes.


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