Few producers get the opportunity – or maybe the good fortune – to work in a such a unique and special vineyard. Massolino took ownership of the first Vigna Rionda parcel in 1956. For Massolino, producing the high caliber wines of Vigna Rionda is a great responsibility and honor as they are not only tasked with ensuring that the site shines in the glass, but also seek to pay homage to the work of those who preceded them – their fatigue and sacrifices that allow them to do what they love. The uniqueness of the 2016 vintage drove Massolino to further honor Vigna Rionda and what it represents to their family and for that reason, The Black Label is a priceless wine
"Cherry, strawberry, rose, iron and menthol flavors highlight this supple red. There's plenty of backbone, and woodsy notes chime in, but this is more about the expressive berry fruit and elegant side of Barolo, ending with a terrific finish. Nonetheless, this will require several years for the tannins to be absorbed." - 98 Points, Wine Spectator
"Tasting this Vigna Rionda is such a sensual experience, with the complexity you’d expect from the top-level Barolo, showing hints of iodine, dark mussels, walnuts, dark stones to the fleshy dark cherries and plums. Then it turns a little “bloody,” minty and tarry on the nose. “Dark” and full-bodied with a massive amount of small-grained tannins seamlessly knitting the fruit on the palate, driving it to a very long, mineral finish. Very tight and powerful now, yet seductively rich and full of flesh, too. Shows lots of potential ahead." - 97 points, James Suckling
"Packaged with a special black label, the Massolino 2016 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda is only released in the best vintages. Showing the power and the determination of Serralunga d'Alba, the wine is redolent of dried berry, lots of rusty earth and fragrant red rose. These are the typical aromas of this vineyard, and this wine presents them with impeccable integration. To the palate, this Riserva remains open-knit, tightly structured and broad in scope." - 97 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda is absolutely stunning. Deep and statuesque in bearing, the 2016 captivates all the senses from start to finish. A whole range of Rionda aromatics soars out of the glass. Silky and yet powerful, gracious and yet full of gravitas, the 2016 captures all the contrasts that make Barolo such an alluring wine. Rose petal, lavender, red/purplish fruit, spice and new leather lend striking nuance to this hypnotic Barolo from Massolino." - 97 points, Antonio Galloni Vinous
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