- Elio Grasso
- 2023 - 2030
- Case size
- Available Later
Goedhuis, April 2022
Intoxicating purity of fruit on the nose, the aromatics are singing, albeit a slightly darker fruited profile that sees raspberry and strawberry meld with blackberry and black cherry. We also love the darker floral aromatics the peep through, of iris and violets. There is a bit more grip and muscle on the palate of the Case Mate thanks to the slick tannins. The Ginestra vineyards showing its signature intensity. It also shows delicious sapidity to complement the rich but pure fruit. We love its sumptuous minty, forest fruit finish. This is brooding, but super-expressive.
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.