1999 Barolo Ginestra Casa Mate Elio Grasso

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Average critic rating : 88.0 points



There is more clay in the soil of the Casa Mate vineyard and, as the 1999 Barolo Casa Mate reveals, the wines have more concentration and structure than the Gavarini Vigna Chinera. Smoky wild cherry and strawberry aromas are followed by firmer and fleshier flavors, much warmth, and melting tannins on the finish and aftertaste. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020. ||Various American importers, including Admirality Beverage Co., Portland, OR; tel. (503) 289-9600 and Wine For Everyone, Davie, FL tel. (954) 475-2611 Wine Advocate.October, 2003

Elio Grasso is a Barolo producer based in the Monteforte d’Alba village in Piemonte. The estate has a productive vineyard holding of 18 hectares where they grow Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Chardonnnay. Their top wines include: Barolo Riserva Runcot, Barolo Gavarini Chiniera and Barolo Ginestra Casa Mate, all of which are widely acknowledged as some of the best available today. The family owned estate regard their vineyards as their greatest assets and maintain the traditions of their predecessors in their farming and cellar techniques. The estate is currently run by Gianluca Grasso, son of Elio, who remains faithful to the estate’s 30 year -long commitment to vinify all of their grapes separately, according to their vineyard provenance. Fermentations and maturations are carried out unhurriedly, giving due care and attention to each parcel before the wines are aged extensively in their cellar. The resulting wines are pure, terroir-driven expressions of their variety, often with a distinct aromas and flavours. The Baroli are complex and structured with serious ageing potential. Wine critics agree, as all three are consistent recipients of 94+ scores from the Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker and James Suckling.

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