| Wine Enthusiast 95 points (Oct 2015)
Structured and focused, this gorgeous wine offers enticing scents of pressed violet, woodland berry, baking spice, tilled soil and leather. The firm palate delivers ripe black cherry, licorice, mint, tobacco and ground clove alongside youthfully assertive but refined tannins. Give this time to fully develop-it should blossom into a beauty. Drink 2018-2026.
Wine Advocate 93 points (Jun 2015)
Massolino’s 2011 Barolo Parafada does a great job of portraying the brawny and muscular side of Serralunga d’Alba. But it does so with an elegant touch. Thick tannins wrap over the palate and the wine boasts very long persistence that is carried forward in thick waves of plump fruit and spice. Sweet blackberry, clove and cinnamon appears on the close. Barolo Parafada needs five years or more before it begins to shed some of that chunky baby fat.
James Suckling 93 points (Apr 2015)
Serious density of fruit here with plum, blackberry and wet mushroom character. Full and velvety, long and flavorful. Better in 2018.
Wine Spectator 93 points (Dec 9 2015)
A mix of ripe cherry, raspberry, plum, tobacco and tea aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this well-defined red. A stiff backbone of tannins and vivid acidity keeps this moving toward the lingering, earth-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2032.-B.S.
Vinous 93 points (Mar 2015)
The 2011 Barolo Parafada presents a totally different side of Serralunga in its floral, savory personality. Iron, smoke, tobacco, savory herbs and menthol open up in the glass, but it is the wine’s firm tannins and overall sense of blossoming structure that stand out above all else. While the Margheria is a bit more overt in style, the Parafada showcases the floral/savory/mineral aspects of Serralunga.