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2008 Elio Grasso Barbera d'Alba Vigna Martina
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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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2008 Elio Grasso Barbera d'Alba Vigna Martina

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

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(from vines close to Grasso's Gavarini vineyard but facing southwest; vinified and aged "like Barolo"; elevage in 50% and 50% once-used barriques for 15 months and then stored in bottle in a tunnel at 57 degrees and 90% humidity until being bottled in the fall of 2010):  Bright red-ruby.  The aromatic nose offers a complex combination of red fruits, spicy oak and flowers.  Very fine-grained, suave and dry, with perfectly integrated acidity emphasizing the wine's detail and floral element.  A pliant, ripe wine of great finesse. finishing with smooth tannins and lovely subtle, nebbiolo-like perfume.  Classy juice.

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Aromatic and tasty
by Giangeruso14135324
Wonderfully fragrant wine that was pleasant to taste but not sweet.
Elio Grasso Barbera Tasting Note
by Giangeruso14135324
Upon opening the bottle I could smell the wonderful fragrance of the wine. It was very smooth and pleasant to drink.


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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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Piedmont may be famous for its Nebbiolo-based wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, but the inhabitants of this region in Northwest Italy don't drink these big, tannic wines on an everyday basis. When it comes to a weekday dinner's accompaniment, they usually turn to Barbera (when not drinking the other everyday wine of the region, Dolcetto.) With this in mind, it's no surprise that...
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