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Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016/17
Region: Piedmont
Winery: Massolino
Grapes: Dolcetto
Vintage: 2016
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Description: Made from Dolcetto grapes grown in vineyards situated in Serralunga d’Alba. Altitude: 330 m above sea level. Total surface area: 2.5 hectares. Soil composition: mixed consistency tending towards lime. Training system and vine density: traditional Guyot; from 5,000 vines in the younger vineyards to 6,000 in the older ones. Yield per hectare: 7 tonnes. Average age of vines: 20-25 years. Harvest: manual, towards mid – late September. First year of production: 1896; as of the 2003 vintage the best Dolcetto grapes from all our vineyards are all used to make this wine. Total bottles produced: 17,500 750 ml bottles. Alcohol content: 13-14% vol., depending on the vintage. Vinification and ageing: temperature controlled (27-29°C) fermentation and maceration in stainless steel lasting an average period of 7-9 days. This is followed by malolactic fermentation and a short period of maturing in stainless steel; the wine is released for sale after approximately 4 months in the bottle. Note: the soils of Serralunga coney exceptional structure to this grape, which offers characteristic freshness and fragrance. Tasting characteristics: Appearance: bright ruby red with deep purplish hues. Bouquet: fresh, fruity, sweet and elegant perfumes strongly prevail. Flavour: expansive and warm entry, opening into a multitude of flavours traceable to a rich and concentrated wine. Naturally dominant fruit and vinous character leaving behind a lingering and pleasant aftertaste. It is best to serve it at temperatures between 18-20°C. In keeping with Langa tradition this wine is ideal with all courses of a meal. It is also perfect for snacks featuring cured meats and cheeses, or at the beginning of a meal, served with starters (other than fish) and sliced meats. Pasta, rice, soup and red meats, particularly when grilled, enhance its good body and pleasantly drinkable quality.


Publication Score Comments
Wine Spectator 91 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
"This red is balanced and fluid, bursting with black cherry, blackberry, violet and spice aromas and flavors. Firms up slightly on the finish. Shows fine purity and length. Drink now through 2021.”
James Suckling NA FOR THE 2017 VINTAGE
Plenty of berry and sliced-apple character on the nose. Medium body, soft tannins and a medium finish. Drink now.