Thursday, March 15, 2012

Making the Case for Elio Grasso

The Grasso Estate in Monforte d'Alba
Elio Grasso is a top notch producer from the Monforte d'Alba region of Barolo. Their cellar vinifies only estate-grown grapes. The classic Nebbiolo that has been cultivated in the area since the early 20th century has been joined by Dolcetto and Barbera planted in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

We recently had the opportunity to bring in some Elio Grasso wines at some great pricing. And tasting these three wines at our bar confirmed the greatness of Grasso. The Dolcetto, Barbera and Langhe Nebbiolo are fantastic wines for their respective categories, and you would be hard-pressed to find a better value at this kind of pricing. You really should try some while they are around.

2007 Elio Grasso Barbera Vigna Martina $22.99
2008 Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi $15.99
2008 Elio Grasso Langhe Nebbiolo Gavarini $18.99

And if you can find their Barolo, buy them up; either the Gavarini Vigna Chiniera or Ginestra Vigna Casa Maté, aged in Slavonian oak barrels in a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Barolo style; or the Rüncot, made in a more modern idiom and matured in new French oak barriques.

Find your style. Buy by producer.

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