Vinous – 92
The 2004 Barolo Parafada is the softest and most open-knit of Massolino’s Barolos. At the time, the Parafada was done partly in French oak, so it has sleeker contours than the other wines in the range, yet it also retains a lovely sense of freshness. Crushed flowers, licorice and spices meld into a core of supple, nicely layered fruit. The 2004 should drink well for at least another decade. This is a strong showing, especially considering Massolino was making the Parafada in a slightly different style that was not really their strongest suit.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2024
JancisRobinson.com – 18.5
Based in Serralunga itself. He produces entry level wine and then three crus. In 2004 Serralunga did especially well. Large botte and tonneaux. Strong liquorice notes. Dry start, but so like liquorice! Very chewy indeed! Just like sucking a liquorice shoelace! There’s a finesse here. It reminds me of a Hermitage. Very dense but polished. Great balance and delicacy. Slightly salty. Very mineral… A very particular style. But very tough and youthful.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2022