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About Elio Grasso
Rather than turning out powerful, unyielding wines from his beautiful estate in the hills behind Monforte, Elio Grasso strives for harmonious and balanced bottlings. Grasso and his family offer three complex single-vineyard Barolosr. The Vigna Chiniera and the Case Maté are made in a more traditional style, while the powerful Runcot is aged for 30 months in all new barriques. Also look for their Nebbiolo from the Langhe and the Dolcetto d'Alba.
89(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2009
($36; aged in barriques, 50% new and 50% once-used, for 15 months) Good red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of red licorice and roasted nuts, with a more vibrant cherry quality coming up quickly with air. Broad, sweet and smoky, with excellent texture and breadth for the variety. Sneaky acidity gives grip to the rich finish, which features dusty tannins. This is still a bit youthfully stunted and may eventually merit an outstanding rating. Barbera prefers warmer years than Barolo, notes Grasso, who considers 2007 to be a great vintage for barbera.
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