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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.
91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013
(14.5% alcohol; from 35-year-old vines in east- and west-facing parcels around Gavarini; aged for 18 months in half-new and half once-used French barriques, then blended in stainless steel and bottled a month later): Deep red-ruby. Very ripe, spicy aromas of currant and black plum lifted by a floral topnote. Rich, chewy and deep in the style of the vintage, with mellow, ripe berry and nicely integrated oak tones and a serious structure for barbera. At once fine-grained and mouthfilling. "Two thousand eleven was a vintage of barbera more than nebbiolo," Grasso told me. "Barbera wants warmer temperatures but nebbiolo is much like pinot."