Featured Red Wine for January – 2017 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo

Published on January 3, 2023

Nebbiolo is the grape behind the great Barolo and Barbaresco wines of Piemonte in northern Italy.  Langhe Nebbiolo is effectively the ‘second wine’ of Piemonte’s great Barolo and Barbarescos made in an early-drinking style.  It typically offers great value.  The Nebbiolo grape is an exceptionally finicky variety to grow and, like Pinot Noir, it takes on qualities and features from the soil and climate.

The Winecroft featured red wine for January is the 2017 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo from Franco Massolino, one of Barolo’s outstanding young winemakers.  Massolino Winery was established in 1896 by Giovanni Massolino. Located in the Langhe area of Piemonte, they have been making great wine for four generations.  In the glass, it is a pale ruby colour with a hint of purple. Flavours of rose, raspberry and redcurrant are supported by cherry liqueur and subtle spices.  Fragrant, complex and powerful, it is a wonderful wine to get through any cold and dark January evening.

This wine is on the winelist of Northcote, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley.

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