- Elio Grasso
- 2025 - 2042
- Case size
- Available Now
Vinous, February 2021,
Grasso's 2017 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is fabulous. In fact, the Gavarini is easily one of the wines of the vintage because it retains all of its classic signatures, which is also the sign of a first-class vineyard. Bright and vibrant in the glass, the Gavarini pulses with energy. Crushed red flowers, mint, chalk, white pepper, cinnamon and orange peel give the 2017 a super-classic Nebbiolo profile, as expressed in a relatively high-altitude site. The precision and finesse of the tannins - so hard to find in 2017- elevates the Gavarini into the realm of the sublime. Drink 2025-2042.
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.