- Elio Grasso
- 2021 - 2028
- Case size
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Goedhuis, March 2021
In 1986 Gianluca’s father Elio, planted a small East facing section of vineyard with Chardonnay and “Educato” was born. Gianluca told us this names means, “brought up well” . Coming from a small plot of 35 year old vines, with a high elevation on chalk and calcareous soils, this is Grasso’s gem. The 2020 is utterly delicious. Cool and fresh, with white fruits and flowers, greengage, white peach. The palate is luxurious, creamy and round with a beautifully silky texture. It has refreshing acidity and a chalky mineral vein. The finish has fresh citrus and an irresistible salinity. It is pure joy in a glass. Drink 2021-2028.
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.
Piedmont is located in the north western corner of Italy. Though several grape varieties are prominent such as Dolcetto, Barbera and Moscato, it is Nebbiolo that reigns supreme. It produces wines that are not particularly deep in colour, yet they are perfumed, powerful and can age for many years. Due to the ethereal nature of the Nebbiolo grape and the numerous single vineyard wines, many compare top examples to grand cru Burgundies of the Côte de Nuits.Mountainous, its vineyards are cut into the hillsides forming terraces reminiscent of the Mosel Valley in Germany and the northern Rhone Valley in France. The two most notable appellations are Barolo and Barbaresco.