1996 Massolino, Barolo Riserva, Rionda (RT96) Past experiences with Massolino’s 1996 Riserva Rionda have been met with mixed results, clearly a victim of being firmly seated in a long, deep sleep. But now at age 18 this gem is finally emerging to reveal its pedigree and powerful stature. Showing a deep russet hue, the bouquet delivers a classic Rionda profile built on an ironclad frame and layered with dark cherries, deep earthy nuances, balsam and dried roses. The palate is firm and richly featured with a power packed finish. There is a long life ahead in this gem! Drink 2016-2040+