There is slightly more structure to the 2015 Barolo Ginestra Casa Maté than to the Gavarini Chiniera of the same vintage, and the only differences here are the soils and that this fruit is harvested about ten days later. It's a pretty fascinating demonstration of the power of the single vineyard. The Gavarini Chiniera parcel offers slightly sandier soils, whereas this site is composed of more clay. In rainy years, the Gavarini Chiniera vineyard drains more effectively, whereas the Ginestra's soil retains more moisture in the hot and dry vintages. As a result, in vintages such as this one, Ginestra shows a more compact nature and, in general, provides more impact and more structure. This is a very robust expression, extremely linear and tight. The Ginestra Casa Maté narrowly wins this round. It's another beautiful Barolo. 97/100 DRINK 2022 - 2045
Grasso's 2015 Barolo Ginestra Casa Matè is a dense, full-bodied Barolo that is going to need at least a few years to start unwinding. Dark fruit and a host of mentholated, balsamic notes all run through the 2015. Broad shoulders and tons of depth give the wine its distinctive feel. The Ginestra Casa Matè is usually more expressive at this stage than it is today. Time in the glass soften some of the edges, but the 2015 is a wine to cellar and then drink for the next 20-30 years. There is so much to look forward to. 96/100 DRINK 2025-2045
A new producer for Goedhuis Co, we only recently learned that we were able to secure an allocation of these extremely impressive wines. A family-owned and run estate, they currently own 18 hectares of vines. Like most Piedmontese growers, they used to grow grapes and sell them as well as wine in bulk to the local co-op. But in the early 1980s, all of that changed when Elio took over from his father and began bottling wines under his own name. His philosophy is to work foremost with what nature provides in order to showcase the characteristics of the terroir. So the vineyards are managed with the most natural methods, ensuring a proper microbiological balance. In doing so, the earth's innate minerality can surface forging a beautiful chiselled quality in the wines. Indeed, their Barolos are some of the most pure, ethereal and focused that we have ever tasted. But their Barbera is fantastic too and well worth discovering.
With Brunello in Tuscany, Barolo is undoubtedly Italy's finest wine producing region. Located in Piedmont in the north west of Iataly Barolo is comprised of 5 major communes - Barolo, Monteforte d'Alba, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d'Alba - though the latter three tend to represent the main styles of the region. The wines are compelling and polished - an exemplary expression of the Nebbiolo grape. DOCG law requires a minimum ageing of 2 years in cask or barrel yet can be longer depending on the producer. Barolos are generally released four or more years after the vintage.