Robert Parker 95
The 2011 Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva is an exuberant and expressive wine with dark cherry fruit, spice, tobacco and black truffle. There is a pretty earthy quality on hand that is delivered in an elegant and understated manner. What I like most about this wine is that it does not show evident signs of the warm summer growing season. Any extra fruit ripeness or sweetness is carefully tucked in at the back. Give this Riserva another ten years of bottle aging to let it flesh out further.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
Serralunga d’Alba. Will be released in September 2017. Healthy mid ruby with orange tinges. Powerful spiced, complex nose with real purity underneath all that concentration. Breathtaking balance between acidity, concentrated red fruit and melting tannins on the finish. Truly elegant. A stunning Barolo, but really deserves time, at least five more years. (WS)
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2040
Massolino’s 2011 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda is a more than worthy follow up to the stellar 2010. Silky, perfumed and incredibly inviting, the 2011 will also give up its considerable charms much earlier. Sweet red cherry, rose petal, spice, hard candy and mint give the 2011 its inner sweetness. Above all else, the 2011 captures a compelling middle ground that balances the warmth of the year with a classic sense of structure. The 2011 is a racy, alluring Rionda that is going to be nearly impossible to resist, even young.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2036