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    Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2017

    Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2017

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    Drawn from well-sited 2.5-hectares within the Serralunga postcode and entirely raised in tank, Massolino's little sweet one has a wonderfully flowing texture for this variety. It's aromatic and fruity, with flavours of Satsuma plum and black cherry, as well as aromatic violet bouncing around the palate. It's long and refreshing with a chalky acidity, in the best Dolcetto manner.

    Producer

    Founded in 1896, Massolino Winery, is based in and around the town of Serralunga, one of the prime sub-zones of the Barolo DOC. The Massolino family’s greatest asset is of course their 23 hectares of (mostly) Serralunga vineyards, including choice parcels of such famous sites as; Margheria, Parafada and the legendary Vigna Rionda. We say ‘mostly’ as the Massolino clan recently purchased a slice of the Parussi cru in Castiglione Falletto. Serrralunga, on the eastern edge of the Barolo DOCG, produces some of most profound and long lived Barolo. It is the home of great names such as Giacomo Conterno and Bruno Giacosa’s Falletto vineyard. The wines often have an extra stuffing of intense Nebbiolo fruit as well as a remarkable minerality that plays on both the freshness of the tannins and gives the wines a certain ferrous edge when young. It is fair to say that Massolino holds the most remarkable collection of vineyards in Serralunga, amongst the smaller, quality focused producers anyway. The quality strides at this estate over the last 10-15 years have been remarkable with significant advances made, particularly in the vineyards. Certainly there has also been refinements in the cellars, firstly by Franco Massolino and then by current winemaker Giovanni Angeli (ex Vajra) who has been working with Franco since the 2005 harvest. As always however, it has been the work in the vineyards and the search for expressive and perfectly ripe fruit that has driven the rise in quality at this estate. The resultant improvement here has been very good news for both the commune and Barolo in general. Today the wines of Massolino sit comfortably among the finest of the region – they are wines of wonderful purity and elegance. They are exclusively aged in large casks, so they are ‘traditional’ and yet they offer the best of the “old” and “new” worlds: pure, aromatic, textural, deeply flavoured wines that are at the same time precise, vibrant and distinctly regional. These are wines that score extremely highly on our deliciousness scale. Equally important, these wines are remarkably well priced when compared to the other top producers of the area.

    Region

    Arguably the greatest wine region in Italy, Piemonte provides a heady confluence of wine, food and scenery that many other regions can only aspire too. Picture autumn, deep in white truffle season, the still snow-capped mountains frame the rolling hills dotted with quaint township slowly appearing out of the regions famous ‘Nebbia’, the fog after which the regions most famous grape variety is named. We speak of course of Nebbiolo, which reaches its apex in the stellar Piemonte regions of Barolo and Barbaresco and provides great value elsewhere across the great Langhe. From the floral, frizzante Moscato d’Asti through to stunning savoury wines of Gavi, Roero Arneis and Favorita (the local term for Vermentino), the white varieties are covered admirably. Barbera and Dolcetto compete with Nebbiolo for attention the reds and provide superb drinking and lesser known varieties such as Freisa and the ethereal Pelaverga can be stunning in the right hands. But Barolo and Barbaresco rule the roost, with superbly perfumed red wines that cellar for decades. Top producers to look for include Gaja, Giacomo Conterno, Bartolo Mascarello, Guiseppe Mascarello, Guiseppe Rinaldi, Vietti, Bruno Giacosa, Massolino, G.B. Burlotto, Vajra, and Paolo Scavino. Local Knowledge: When choosing Barolos, producer is key but our pick of the top six Barolo vineyards are: Brunate, Cerequio, Rocche di Castiglione, Monprivato, Rocche dell’Annunziata and Vigna Rionda, closely followed by Francia and Villero.

    Specifications

    • Varieties

      Dolcetto
    • Vintage

      2017
    • Bottle Size

      750ml

    Critic Reviews (1)

    Gary Walsh

    93 points | August 2018
    Deep and dark, plenty of blood plum and cherry, spice, new leather, sage and the like. Medium-bodied, ample fruit - it's really thick and meaty - also spicy, and earthy, with fat nourishing tannin, balanced acidity, grip and perfume on a pretty long finish. It'll age, and it drinks pretty well now, in a hearty food-friendly way. Excellent.
    Deep and dark, plenty of blood plum and cherry, spice, new leather, sage and the like. Medium-bodied, ample fruit - it's really thick and meaty - also spicy, and earthy, with fat nourishing tannin, balanced acidity, grip and perfume on a pretty long finish. It'll age, and it drinks pretty well now, in a hearty food-friendly way. Excellent.

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    Food Pairings & Recipe

    Food Pairing

    Slow roast lamb shoulder

    Slow roast lamb shoulder with Simon Johnson

    INCREDIENTS

    Slow Roast Lamb Shoulder

    1.2-1.4kg Lamb Shoulder on the Bone
    110g Ortiz Anchovies in Olive Oil, reserve olive oil
    6-8 Fresh Rosemary Sprigs
    1 Garlic Bulb, halved lengthways
    6 French Eschallots, peeled & halved
    1 cup Dry Red Wine, plus an additional cup, if needed

    Vinaigrette

    1 cup Forvm Cabernet Vinegar 8 Years
    1⁄3 Spanish Onion, finely diced
    10 Fresh Mint Leaves, finely chopped
    Pons Summer Fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as needed

    METHOD

    Preheat oven to 200C
    In a large roasting pan add the halved garlic bulb and eschallots
    Lay the lamb shoulder on top & score the lamb at 3cm intervals, (making sure) each cavity is deep enough to push a finger through
    Stuff each cavity with one anchovy fillet, pushing deep into the flesh. Add a small sprig of rosemary to each cavity.
    Tip the remaining contents of the anchovy tin, including oil & any additional anchovies into the bottom of the pan, place into oven & roast for 1hr.
    After an hour, reduce temperature to 180C. Add a cup of red wine over the base of the pan and cover with foil or a (lid) to roast for a further 1hr & 15 mins.
    Reduce temperature to 160C, cover lamb again and cook through for another 1 hr & 30 mins.
    Lamb should be fork tender, after cooking for 3 & 1/2 to 4hrs.
    If additional cooking time is required, add another cup of red wine and cover with foil or lid again (to prevent meat) from drying out and cook until tender.
    Remove lamb from oven and rest for 20 mins before serving, with vinaigrette on the side

    Vinaigrette

    Mix Forvm vinegar, red onion & fresh mint in a small serving bowl. Drizzle in a little olive oil and mix to emulisfy, until desired texture for the dressing is achieved.

    Mix Forvm vinegar, red onion & fresh mint in a small serving bowl. Drizzle in a little olive oil and mix to emulisfy, until desired texture for the dressing is achieved.

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