The Massolino family are the largest holders in the Vigna Rionda with 3.5
hectares (two planted to Nebbiolo) of vines in the 38- to 45-year-old bracket.
The wines from this exceptional site begin life as a coiled spring, which is why
Massolino releases it with extra age: at six years (for the standard Riserva
release). With enough age, Vigna Rionda blossoms into an intensely perfumed,
ultra-fine, pure and succulent wine with very fine tannins. Picking finished
here on November 5, with the late harvest gifting a profound and powerful Vigna
Rionda of intensity, lift and muscle. It's exceptionally fine, with complex
aromas of wild fruits floating over a dark, ferrous core. And yet it's still so
young--remarkable considering that it spent five years in large cask! Expect
incredible purity and lift. Expect incredible and classical tannins. Expect
incredible everything! If drinking now give it a good decant and serve it with
appropriate foods. In the cellar, decades will not weary it!
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