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2011 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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2011 Elio Grasso Barbera d'Alba Vigna Martina

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

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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."

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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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