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Elio Grasso

Piedmont, Italy | website

Elio Grasso is one of the true masters of the Langhe and has become a household name for Barolo lovers. Along with his son Gianluca, Grasso farms 35 acres of vineyards in a hamlet of Montforte d’Alba on the beautiful Gavarini hillside. While Grasso produces some of the finest Barolo coming out of Piedmont today, he prefers to think of himself as a grape grower, for he invariably seeks to bottle the true expression of the grapes in his vineyards.


2007 Barolo Runcot Riserva

$150.00

"Elio Grasso did not produce the Barolo Riserva in 2005, 2009 or 2011. However, you can enjoy the stunning 2007 Barolo Riserva Roncot shortly. Super-low yields in the vineyard (down to three clusters per vine) make for a wine of enormous intensity and beauty. The whole effect is truly spectacular. Soaring aromas of dark fruit, licorice, tar, pressed rose, lavender, garden herb, dried mint and brimstone develop momentum and power with each swirl of the glass. Nebbiolo-s trademark structure holds the wine together, but the beautiful 2007 vintage has added its part with extra layers of softness and richness. This is pure pleasure. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2038." Monica Larner
  • Color Red
  • Reviewer Name James Suckling
  • Reviewer Score 98
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750 ml

2007 Barolo Runcot Riserva – 1.5 Liter

$349.00



  • Color Red
  • Reviewer Name James Suckling
  • Reviewer Score 98
  • Bottle Size 1.5 Liter

2011 Barolo Gavarini Vigne Chiniera

$130.00

Just released

"Grasso's 2011 Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera captures the essence and personality of the year in its inviting, radiant personality. Bright red stone fruits, crushed rocks, pine, mint and flowers are all lifted and aromatically expressive in the glass. The Gavarini is already quite open and inviting. I imagine it will offer a wide window of pure drinking pleasure over the next 20 years or so. This is a striking Barolo from the Grasso family."

  • Color Red
  • Reviewer Name Antonio Galloni
  • Reviewer Score 94
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750ml

2011 Barolo Ginestra Casa Mate

$120.00
Coming soon to LCBO Vintages

"The 2011 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Matè has retained greater freshness than the Gavarini. At the same time, the flavors are dark, bold and intense throughout, with gorgeous balsamic-inflected overtones that add nuance. In 2011, with sugars mounting, Gianluca Grasso chose to pick the Ginestra before the Gavarini, which is not the norm here. As a result, the tannins are a bit dry and austere by today's standards, although in prior decades plenty of Barolos were made with tannins that weren't fully ripe. However, the flavors retain gorgeous brightness, tension and energy throughout, all of which makes me think the 2011 will come together over time."

  • Color Red
  • Reviewer Name Antonio Galloni
  • Reviewer Score 94
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750ml