97 points Wine Enthusiast
"Aromas of new leather, ripe dark berry, vineyard dust and a whiff of smoky flint waft out of the glass along with floral and balsamic notes. The full-bodied palate shows great energy and intensity, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, ripe cranberry, white pepper and clove framed in youthfully assertive, refined tannins and bright acidity. A mineral note wraps up the lingering finish. With time, this will develop even greater complexity. Drink 2023-2053." *Cellar Selection*
94 points James Suckling
"Pretty aromas of wet earth and spices with black pepper and licorice. Medium body with full and defined tannins. Dense and powerful. Need three or four years to soften but will come along beautifully."
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2013 Barolo Parafada is a gorgeous wine that needs ample time to complete its promising aging evolution. The quality of fruit is still tight and slightly nervous, although the well-managed tannins show an impressive level of integration even at this early stage. The wine is assembled with tightly fitted building blocks that give it a grounding sense of firmness and stacked layering. Franco and Roberto Massolino completed construction on their new high-tech winery in 2015. It enjoys a fantastic and unique location under the panoramic square in Serralunga d'Alba. This is another fantastic set of new releases from this first-rate Barolo estate."
90-93 points Vinous
"The 2013 Barolo Parafada is dense and powerful through the middle. The Parafada often has a big center of fruit and fewer of the more ethereal, perfumed aromatics of the Margheria and Rionda. That is exactly what comes through here. Dark cherry, iron, smoke and expressive floral notes wrap around a core of intense fruit."
"Serralunga d’Alba. Bright cherry red. Racy and transparent and lifted. Very dark and grainy. Real refinement. 17.5/20 points."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Winery: Appearance: deep garnet red with bright hues which naturally evolve with age. Bouquet: intense, very complex, offering a wide range of notes; with remarkable red fruit combined with floral and spicy hints. Especially after a few years of ageing, this Barolo shows all the elegance and charm that only Nebbiolo grapes can offer. Flavor: robust, rich and austere. It perfectly reflects the great complexity of the soil in Serralunga d’Alba. The perfect Barolo for long ageing. It is best to decant and serve it at temperatures between 18-20°C. Food Pairing: The elegant companion for important rice and pasta dishes, such as risotto cooked in Barolo, and rich and tasty main courses, such as roast meats. After a few years of ageing, this Barolo expresses its considerable potential just as well when sipped as a wine for thought and served with hard and medium-hard cheeses.