2009 Elio Grasso "Gavarini" Nebbiolo d'Alba

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Elio Grasso is one of the best producers of Barolo. His estate, a beautiful house and cellar surrounded by improbably steep vineyards, is outside the town of Monforte, on the eastern side of the Barolo appellation. Elio works mostly in the vineyards, increasingly leaving the cellar work to his son Gianluca, who recently graduated from the enology school in Alba. The Gavarini vineyard is wholly owned by the Grassos. It produces this elegant, value-priced red. A dead ringer for a fine Barolo, and offered at a fraction of the price!

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By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2012 | Send Email
Pure, Feminine, Sexy..these are the words describing this Nebbiolo phenomenon from Elio Grasso. Perfume, Roses, Pink Pepper on the nose, with a soft but spicy mid palate and a finish that wont stop. Its going fast..savor..enjoy

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2012 | Send Email
Nebbiolo at this price and of this quality is a steal. Beautiful floral and cherry on the nose with a bit riper ripe fruit on the palate with nice tannins. The finish is beautiful and lingering with a bit of tar and red fruits. I love this wine.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2012 | Send Email
If you are looking for a great price on a terrific nebbiolo to drink now, this is the bottle for you. From Elio Grasso, whose top Barolos typically sell in the $60 to $80 range, this is 100% nebbiolo for a mere $23.99. The wine exhibits superb varietal character with a textbook nose that is lightly floral with just a hint of tar. On the palate, tart red fruits framed by firm, fleshy tannins. Classic nebbiolo that you can enjoy tonight.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2011 | Send Email
From the great 2009 vintage, this wine brings it with aromas of dried cherry and roses. On the palate you will find raspberries, tar, tobacco, truffle and a little Alba dust, with a good tannin structure. I love the elegance and varietal purity of this baby Barolo. I have some 2001 as well as 2006 in my cellar, and I will put some of these down as well, to drink sooner than later. I recommended decanting it for a couple hours, and think it would show best with mushroom risotto or a tri-tip.

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- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.