1996 Barolo Ciabot Manzoni Silvio Grasso

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Average critic rating : 91.0 points



The 1996 Barolo Ciabot Manzoni offers a saturated ruby/purple color in addition to a sumptuous bouquet of truffles, saddle leather, black cherries, and floral scents. This expansive, full-bodied, chewy blockbuster is soft enough to be drunk early, but should age nicely for 15+ years. A Marc de Grazia Selection, various American importers, including Michael Skurnik, Syosset, NY; tel. (516) 677-9300, Vin Divino, Chicago, IL; tel. (773) 334-6700, and Estate Wines, Ltd., San Rafael, CA; tel. (415) 492-9411|| Wine Advocate.August, 1999

The Grasso family have been making wine since 1927, but have only been bottling all their production since the mid-1980s when Federico (the current proprietor) took over from his father Silvio. This is a particularly interesting estate in that they make both modern and traditional styles. The Manzoni and Luciani get the barrique treatment whilst the Turne (formerly l’Andre) has a traditional elevage.

“Federico Grasso is a small artisan grower based in La Morra. The estate’s Barolos are among my favorite wines for near-term drinking in most vintages.” Antonio Galloni

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