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2009 Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba dei Grassi
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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.

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2009 Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba dei Grassi

Producer: Elio Grasso
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Dolcetto
Origin: Italy
Region: Piedmont

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Great Italian
by Ketner13944855
Great smooth Italian. 30 minutes after opening it was perfect!
Elio Grasso packs a mouthful
by Berard12911234
Very nice bold wine - if you like a wine that reminds you of the good things in life, this is it!
Needs a little air
by Hoel10665422
You can't start drinking this immediately upon opening. It needs to breathe and perhaps could use decanting to get enough air into it. I would pass on this next time.


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About Italy

Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines; sweet wines and dessert wines.
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With Barbera, Dolcetto is one of the two "everyday" wines of the Piedmont region in Italy. While the most favorable growing sites here are reserved for Barolo and Barbaresco, winemakers plant Dolcetto widely where the temperamental Nebbiolo grape doesn't thrive. As Dolcetto is not made to age, but rather intended for more immediate consumption...
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