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Average critic rating : 90.0 points
The 2006 Barolo Ciabot Manzoni shows a bit more richness than the Bricco Luciani, along with a profile of dark red fruit, menthol, spices and sweet French oak. Here, too, I am concerned the wine may not have the fruit to stand up to the structural components. Over time the tannins are likely to become increasingly prominent as the fruit fades. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. ||Federico Grasso is often one of the last producers to bottle his entire range, so I was only able to taste his Bricco Luciani and Ciabot Manzoni, which happen to be the Barolos he is best known for.||A Marc de Grazia Selection, various American importers, including: de Grazia Imports; tel. (417) 732-4200; Michael Skurnik, Syosset, NY; (516) 677-9300, Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael CA; (415) 492-9411, Giuliana Imports, Boulder CO; (303) 547-6343, Robert Houde Wines, Bensenville IL; (630) 422-1119 Wine Advocate.February, 2010
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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