Underbrush, new leather, forest berry, dark spice and a whiff of fragrant blue flower are just some of the aromas you'll encounter on this gorgeous, multifaceted red. Structured but exceedingly elegant, the delicious palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and tobacco. It's impeccably balanced, with noble tannins that lend tension and a velvety texture. Drink 2022-2032. KERIN O’KEEFE CELLAR SELECTION:
Franco Massolino releases his Riserva Vigna Rionda six years after harvest, a nod to this cru’s reputation for producing austere, powerfully structured wines. His 2012 bottling is fresh and vibrant, with high-toned red-berry flavors brightened by notes of orange peel and floral scents. The wine’s massive tannins, polished for three-and-a-half years in large Slavonian casks, feel cool and ferrous, primed to keep this wine taut and lively for many years to come.
Readers will find a silky, nuanced Barolo in the 2012 Riserva Vigna Rionda. Rose water, orange zest, cinnamon, sage, mint and dried cherry are some of the many nuances that give the 2012 its aromatic top notes, and all of the elements fall into place effortlessly. Relatively open-knit for a young Rionda, this should drink well with minimal cellaring. The 2012 doesn't quite have the explosive energy of vintages like 2010, 2013 or 2014, but it will offer tons of pleasure sooner than any of those wines. I loved it. AG
Aromas of tea, coffee and dried strawberries follow through to a full body. Has an energetic palate with polished and lively tannins that coat your mouth. Needs a few years to soften but very attractive already. Try in 2020.
I always look forward to tasting this wine. Massolino truly captures the heart and spirit of Serralunga d'Alba, thanks to this special single-vineyard selection. The 2012 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda hails from a warm vintage, and the wine transmits that warmth and opulence in a very natural and transparent manner. Both the bouquet and the mouthfeel show a very successful level of integration. The dark fruit is linked immediately to spice and smoke. The tannins finish on a polished, silky note. Production numbers are limited to around 8,500 bottles.
Emphasizes flavors of underbrush, wild herb and leather, yet offers a baseline of ripe fruit. Prominent dusty tannins tip the balance toward the dry side. In a difficult phase, but I would give this the benefit of the doubt. (BS)
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