Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Massolino is a good way to approach the grape variety, without the reverential fear that Barolo might inspire. Fermentation is slightly shorter, then the wine spends a year in large Slavonian oak barrels to emphasise the elegance and finesse of the variety.

Soil composition: mixed consistency tending towards limestone.

Vinification and ageing: a classic wine, with average fermentation and maceration lasting 8-10 days, very similar to that used for Barolo. It ages in large Slavonian oak casks for over a year and, during its whole production cycle, the utmost attention is paid to all the details which convey smoothness and elegance to a young Nebbiolo.

Notes: Increased readiness and a drinkable quality make it possible to appreciate this wine without the “reverential fear” usually acknowledged to Barolo.

Appearance: garnet red with variable intensity depending on the vintage.

Bouquet: delicate and pleasant, the predominant notes are of raspberry and violet, with the imposition of secondary perfumes very similar to those of Barolo as it ages.

Flavour: a complete and temptingly harmonious wine the elegance of which makes up for its lesser structure compared with that of Barolo. It is best to decant and serve it at temperatures between 18-20°C. A wine for drinking with all courses of a meal, it offers its best expression when served with rich and tasty dishes, from fresh pasta with rich meat of vegetables sauces, to grilled or roast red meat dishes. It is also excellent with soft and delicate blue cheeses.