In 2014, Gianluca Grasso opted to bottle one Barolo that is a blend of juice from Gavarini and Chiniera. Grasso's 2014 Barolo is a beautiful wine that captures the personality of the vintage. Lithe, perfumed and aromatic, the 2014 exudes class from start to finish. The flavors are wonderfully bright and vibrant, with plenty of red fruit and expressive floral and overtones. The 2014 is a pretty, feminine wine that may very well surprise down the road. The Gavarini fruit saw 25 days on the skins, while fermentation and maceration for the Ginestra lots was 30-45 days, all with submerged cap. When bottling time came, Grasso preferred the blended Barolo to what would have been vineyard designate Gavarini and Ginestra Barolos. The juice from Rüncot went into the the Langhe Nebbiolo, which is the custom when the flagship Riserva is not bottled. Drink: 2020-2034 (Feb18)
92 points | Antonio Galloni,

Elio Grasso usually create two sperate cru Barolos (Casa Maté and Chiniera) but due to a difficult vintage and a 40% reduction due to hail these crus have become one. Winemaker Gian Luca continued to keep the two crus separate despite the issue and only at the last minute decided to make a single, unique & great value wine.

In the glass It is obvious that both crus are involved, there is a fragrance and vibrancy on the nose that is so Chiniera and the deep, earthy character of the clay soils from Casa Maté. Overall this is a more feminine, bright and vibrant wine with ripe raspberry/red cherry fruit that entices one with beauty rather than power. Finishes plush and velvety with wonderful fine tannins.


Grape Variety Nebbiolo
Closure Cork
Bottle Size 750ml
Brand Elio Grasso