2009 Elio Grasso "Gavarini Chiniera" Barolo

SKU #1151706 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera is a beautifully delicate and elegant wine with fruit sourced from 35-year-old vines at 400 meters above sea level. Those higher elevations have helped to shape finely detailed aromas, despite the warmer vintage. Bright notes of pressed rose, violets, licorice, spice, tar and plum all call out your attention. Solid tightness in the mouth slowly relaxes to reveal nuanced flavors of bright cherry, spice and leather. Each time you return to the glass, the wine offers yet another dimension. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035. (ML)  (6/2013)

93 points Vinous

 The 2009 Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera is a gorgeous wine laced with sweet red cherries, flowers, mint and sweet spices. This is an undeniably sexy, racy Barolo loaded with early appeal. I don't imagine the 2009 will be one of the most long-lived Chinieras, but I also don't think that will be much of a problem. Readers will want to enjoy their 2009s while some of the more age worthy wines age in the cellar. By any standard, this is one of the highlights of the year. Even with all of the inherent richness of the vintage, the 2009 maintains gorgeous freshness and its trademark salinity. The Gavarini is a more typical Gavarini than the Ginestra. (AG)  (5/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Starts out on the delicate side, with vanilla-inflected cherry, raspberry and mineral flavors. A firm underpinning of tannins, along with bright acidity, keeps this focused and long. Best from 2016 through 2028. (BS)  (4/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (aged in large Slavonian casks between 7 and 18 years of age): Bright medium red. Pretty aromas of redcurrant, rose petal and sexy spices. Suave and fine-grained, with pliant redcurrant and floral flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes with good structure and lingering notes of plum, redcurrant and mellow oak. This high-altitude vineyard, featuring 35-year-old vines planted on sand and limestone soil, was harvested first in 2009. (ST)  (12/2013)

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