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Castello di Verduno Barolo Massara 2016


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From the producer: "Brilliant ruby red color, broad and savory aroma of fruits and spices: pepper, preserved fruits, cherries, time, geranium, violet. On the palate, the wine shows freshness and fine tannins, and a long finish"
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Verduno was long one of the most obscure villages of Barolo. Stuck way up in the northern corner of the DOC, away from the tour buses and truffle shops, the geekiest of Barolo lovers knew it for the airier examples of Barolo that didn't seem to please international markets. Very few producers even bothered exporting the wines.

Then something happened. Mostly what happened is Burlotto, and especially their superstar single Cru in Verduno known as Monvigliero. That wine, made in the traditionalist method that has been returning to fashion, awoke wine lovers to the greatness of Verduno.

Genealogy can normally be pretty boring, but in the case of the Castello di Verduno it tells you almost everything you need to know about the estate. Ancestor One was a Burlotto who inherited from his Mom and Dad the castle itself, along with vines in Monvigliero and other great Verduno sites. Ancestor Two was a member of the Barbaresco family of Franco Bianco. Thanks to this marriage of Barbaresco and Burlotto, the CdV now owns Barolo in Monvigliero and Barbaresco in Rabaja!

Wine-making is traditional, with 30-40 day macerations and aging in large Slavonian casks. But don't assume this makes for big, brooding wines. Verdunois known, as noted above, for those airier examples of Barolo, and the Castello’s wines are definitely elegant and lack the forbidding structure of, say, a Serralunga. That’s terroir.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 94
"The 2016 Barolo Massara is laced with crushed rose petal, mint, sage, licorice, spice and orange peel. Floral, savory and earthy notes give the 2016 striking aromatic presence to match its mid-weight personality. This classy, mid-weight Barolo has so much to offer. It will especially appeal to readers who enjoy firm, taut Barolos. This is such a gorgeous wine. Give it a few years to soften." -Vinous

Wine Enthusiast

WE 96
"Aromas of smoke, red berries, cedar and crushed mint shape the fragrant nose along with a whiff of rose. Full-bodied and elegantly structured, the focused palate is savory and precise but still young and primary, delivering strawberry compote, juicy cranberry and star anise before a saline close. Taut, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity keep it balanced." -Kerin O'Keefe


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  • Style

    Earthy , Floral , Minerally

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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