TN: Tasting at Elio Grasso

TASTING AT ELIO GRASSO - Monforte d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy (10/20/2015)

Well, it feels like I’ve said this about several producer’s that we visited in Piedmont already, but this time I really, really mean it . . . Elio Grasso has one of the most picturesque and majestic settings imaginable. The winery and residence on the Monforte hillside overlooking vineyards with the village of Serralunga visible in the distance. Just a stunning view of the Langhe’s rolling hills and vineyards. The visit and tasting at Grasso is one of the most professionally done but no less engaging and authentic with Francesca from the family attending to us throughout the visit. The lineup of wines was also first class. Highly recommended.

  • 2014 Elio Grasso Langhe Chardonnay Educato - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
    Bottled in June. Aged 50% in steel tank and 50% in barrique (half of which are new wood). Lifted and expansive aromatics of melon, pear, mineral with light barrel spice. Palate is crisp with mouthwatering acidity on entry. Medium body and focused. Wet rocks, chalky, light smoky note. Chablis-like. Good energy on the finish. (91 pts.)
  • 2014 Elio Grasso Langhe Nebbiolo Gavarini - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
    Aged in steel tank. Grapes are all Runcot, which are being de-classified in 2014 due to the challenging vintage. Light translucent red. Nose is all about flowers and fresh cut strawberries. Picks up a sweeter, more concentrated strawberry preserves note with time. Light-to-medium bodied with fresh acidity driving the wine through to a tart, red berry finish. (90 pts.)
  • 2013 Elio Grasso Barbera d’Alba Vigna Martina - Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d’Alba
    Aged 18 months in barrique, 50% of which are new. Deep crimson color. Sweet plum and blackberry with a prominent spice kick. Palate is round and fleshy with intense and powerful fruit flavors. Fresh acid counters to provide lift and persistence. Wonderful Barbera in a fuller bodied style. (91 pts.)
  • 2011 Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
    Light garnet. Full nose is layered and complex with plum, black cherry, fresh cut herbs, clove and mint. Round and fleshy on the palate with bright acidity and refined sweet tannin. Complete wine that is drinking well already. 91-94 (92 pts.)
  • 2011 Elio Grasso Barolo Ginestra Casa Maté - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
    Medium garnet. Full nose has a mix of red and black fruit with tar and spice notes. Full bodied palate with a more brooding personality than the Chiniera tasted side-by-side. Bigger fruit and grittier, brawnier tannin. Balanced. This is built to last. 92-95 (93 pts.)

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The Entryway Sign

The Estate Building

The Manicured Estate with Serralunga in the Distance

The Views of Monforte Vineyards with Serralunga in the Distance

Cask Room

Several Thousand Bottles of 2010 Runcot Riserva Patiently Waiting

The Lineup

Such a beautiful place. One of my favorite visits in Piedmont. Thanks for the notes and pictures!

Wow. That is a great view. Great pictures. Hope Piedmont tourism acknowledges your effort!!

I love Elio Grasso. Never had their Runcot but the other two Barolo wines are great.

I love the pictures of ‘clean cellars’ . Oh and those manicured lawns …would be scared to walk on them.

The Educato was a big surprise for me. We drank the '13 almost a year to the day in 2014. Beautiful location in what some might call the middle of nowhere. Nice people. If only you could get this QPR winner in the US. If I recall, it was about $15 USD last year.

We import it direct in the Northwest.