The Massolino 2017 Barbera d'Alba Gisep focuses on the sultry, smoky and sophisticated side of this favorite Piedmont grape. If the estate's classic Barbera is a naked and stripped-down expression, this wine shows the fancy clothing and accessories that get it into the VIP room. This hot vintage is especially dressed up with tighter extract, weight and fruity darkness. The structural imprint of the wine is more pronounced with fruit and oak tannins. It ages in botte and tonneaux in equal parts. This vintage is almost overdone, but Barbera always holds the heat of the vintage in a more controlled manner. Some 5,300 bottles were released.
Monica Larner for Wine Advocate