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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Improved with aging
I opened a bottle of the 2009 Elio Grasso Nebbiolo Gavarini Lange two years ago and found it not ready to drink. Just tried a second bottle in 2014 - and wow! It is perfect. Medium-light in body, it is a perfect companion to pasta and red sauce. A wonderful wine.
2009 Elio Grasso Nebbiolo Gavarini Langhe
Very good compatible wine.
Drinkable But Completely Unimpressive
A decent wine to drink...and drink rather quickly. There's nothing deep or interesting about this wine.
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Very disappointed in this vintage. Prior years good experience caused me to buy a case. The 2009 tasted extremly immature.
Way over marketed/rated
Watery/reedy/devoid of any depth. Total rip off.
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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Nebbiolo based wines made outside the Langhe hills are often lost in the commotion over Barolo and Barbaresco. The provinces of Vercelli and Novarra in the northern reaches of the Piedmont area are home to wines like Carema, Ghemme, and Gattinara. The latter two wines are mostly Nebbiolo, which as traditionally been blended with...
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