2015 Elio Grasso "Gavarini Chiniera" Barolo

SKU #1423540 98 points James Suckling

 Extremely perfumed, showing lots of rose, lavender and dark-berry character. Full body with intense density and chewiness that gives the wine great structure. Lots of flavor and focus at the finish. Needs five to six years to finish. Drink in 2024.  (1/2019)

97 points Vinous

 The 2015 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is ample, full-bodied and rich on the palate, and yet retains its explosive floral lift and brightness, two of the signatures that are such calling cards of Barolos from this Monforte site. A rush of sweet red cherry, blood orange, chalk, mint and rose petal build in a super-expressive Barolo that hits so many high notes effortlessly. The Gavarini Chiniera is one of the wines of the vintage. Don't miss it. Drink 2025-2045. (AG)  (2/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Gianluca Grasso did not make this wine in 2014, but in 2015, he found the vintage he was looking for. The 2015 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is perfectly wonderful. The wine combines power with elegance, showing long determination as it wraps smoothly over the palate. The mature tannins are well integrated within a profound, ripe and round quality of dark fruit. That juicy and succulent core shows graceful notes of violet, licorice, cola, moist earth and white truffle. Grasso knew that this would be a great vintage and he nailed it. Drink 2022-2045. (ML)  (6/2019)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2019 | Send Email
Gianluca Grasso's Gavarini Chinieri is generally the more elegant and approachable of his single vineyard Barolo offerings, especially in warm vintages like 2015 (as there is more sand at this site which allows for more drainage and riper, more elegant fruit). It's impressive and accessible now yet will reward with some time in the cellar. Gianluca eschews travel whenever possible as he favors tending his vineyards and the results are more than evident.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2019 | Send Email
Exquisite in every way, the Gavarini Chiniera speaks with voluminous fruit that is tempered by the structure of this classically built wine. It is supple and rich and almost decadent -- for Barolo. The palate is sumptuous and should reward patience. I wouldn't mind showing this beauty off right now.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2019 | Send Email
To my taste, this bottling comes across as the most traditional, old-school of the two cru Grasso Barolos we’re offering. You pick up a hint of dusty cellar, red and black cherries, wet stone, and a hint of umami. Your palate is embraced by polished yet firm tannins. Each sip begets another and keeps you focused on the broad panoply of wild complex flavors. I adore this wine.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
If you haven’t read the glowing review I wrote about Elio Grasso’s glorious 2015 Barolo Ginestra “Casa Maté,” you should. Yet with as many magnificent things that I wrote about it, and rightfully so, it was sooo obvious that, given all of the power, depth and longevity in the Ginestra, it is not quite as much as in the Gavarini. This wine just reeks of Barolo. It has a similar aromatic profile to the Ginestra, but every portion of it is saturated, deeper, with an added layer of complexity at every turn, yet it has more of the tar and roses character to it, the traditional Barolo profile. On the palate you can feel more intensity and structure but it still doesn’t come across as rigid or grippy; the tannins are still sweet, yet they’ve intensified. The same is true of the flavors. Everything here is just intensified, there’s just more there there. Buy one and drink it now and drop a bunch in the cellar--this wine is stunningly good.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
This is a wine that shows well right out of the gates, but also turns into something truly special given (more than) a few hours in the decanter. Bright pure red fruits and florals on the nose lead to a palate with exceptional purity, focused red fruit, and grippy, mouthcoating tannin. This is the kind of wine that begs for another sip and has undeniable pedigree and refinement in 2015.

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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.
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- Made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, these wines take their name from the village of Barolo. A maximum of 205,000 cases per year can be made from 3081 acres of land divided between 11 communes and more than 1200 growers. La Morra, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Monforte and Serralunga are the most important communes and produce most of the exported wine. Barolo is a powerhouse wine in some communes but also more delicate in others (La Morra is the most delicate and Serralunga the most powerful). Recent technological and viticultural advances are remaking Barolo into a wine that is more consistent balanced. Producers here do not want to change the flavor or feel of their wines, only improve and eliminate poor winemaking technique. A wine of great perfume, body and size the classic nose of "tar and roses". Barolo is best served with roast meats the Piemontese classic would be "Stracotto del Barolo or pot roast cooked with a Barolo, game birds or powerful cheese.