92+ points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate |
About the Wine
92+ points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“This wine is named after grandpa Giuseppe, or Gisep, who planted the vines used to make this wine some half century ago. The 2016 Barbera d’Alba Gisep is only made in the best years, and the fruit is harvested and fermented separately from Massolino’s other Barbera. This wine was made in 2015, 2016 and 2017, but not 2018. Opening to a beautiful and opulent dark color, it shows considerable power and heft. It ages in oak for 18 months in both small oak barrel and botte grande, but it could use another year of aging to reach an even higher level of integration and balance. The Giusep is a perfect wine for grilled steak.”
About The Winery
The history of the Massolinos and their wine became entwined with the history of Serralunga d’Alba in 1896, when Giovanni Massolino founded the estate. An enterprising, tenacious, and creative man, Giovanni was the very first person to bring electricity to the village. Giovanni’s son, Giuseppe, built Massolino’s first wine cellar, extended the estate into the best soils, and in 1934 founded the Consortium for the Defence of Barolo and Barbaresco. Three of Giovanni’s children later followed in his footsteps, expanding the estate with the purchase of cru vineyards which are authentic jewels: Margheria, Parafada, and Vigna Rionda. In the 1990s, Franco and Roberto, both oenologists, joined the family estate. Their work condenses the experience of an entire family and the ambition of a new generation, determined to make an important contribution to the innovation of oenological and agronomical techniques and to the image of the estate in Italy and abroad. Massolino makes wine with passion in its land of origin, preserving the typical characteristics of indigenous grape varieties. Central to the winery’s philosophy is the conviction that there is a deep, tangible link between the vines, hills, and winegrowers, whose connection and affinity to the land grows more profound with each passing year.