Wine Spectator 95
"Lushly textured and vibrant, this delivers cherry, licorice, leather and spice aromas and flavors. Intense yet sleek, this is balanced, remaining persistent and solid on the finish. Almost approachable now, but this should develop over the next decade. Best from 2018 through 2033. 500 cases made. " ~ BS
Wine Advocate 94
"The 2010 Barolo Bricco Luciani brings Silvio Grasso’s Barolo line back to a place of sweet nostalgia and tradition. The overall style is modern (with rich concentration and oak-driven aromas that open the bouquet) but the Bricco Luciani cru shows heightened varietal typicity. Pressed rose, smoke, licorice and truffle rise from the bouquet. The wine’s soft contours, sweet tannins and supple texture mean it can be consumed on release or aged longer. Drink: 2015-2026."
Vinous Media 94
"The 2010 Barolo Bricco Luciani brings together the best elements of the house style. Dark red cherry and plum notes meld together in a juicy, expressive Barolo loaded with personality. Sweet spices, tobacco and licorice appear later, adding considerable complexity. The 2010 should drink well early, but it also has enough stuffing to age nicely for at least a few years. Bricco Luciani remains in my view the flagship Barolo at Grasso." ~ AG
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The Grasso family has been producing wine since 1927, but Federico Grasso only started bottling in 1980, and has "produced a bevy of sensational efforts over recent vintages" (Wine Advocate). His sophisticated, modern Barolos are particularly notable for avoiding excessive wood aromas; to this end, Grasso prefers to use large barrels rather than barriques for maturation, and uses less than 30% new wood even on his single-vineyard bottlings. The "Bricco Luciani", which is located just above the "Gancia" vineyard, is soft, generous, classic La Morra, while the "Ciabot Manzoni" was described as "Godzilla-like" by the Wine Advocate, "multidimensional, compelling/prodigious... gigantic in scope and stature."Dolcetto and Langhe Nebbiolo also exhibit exceptional lushness and ripeness, with superb purity of flavors and aromas, without wood aging.
Vineyard Management: At the estate "natural agriculture" is carried out. Integrated insect and disease control is carried out. Sulfur-and copper-based products are used. Only organic fertilizers are used (the Insieme Group financed a cattle farm also for the production of manure). Spontaneous cover crops (sometimes specific crops are sown) are left between the rows of vines, the grass is mowed and the soil is occasionally tilled (the turf is mainly left in place). Very careful use of SO2 in the wines.
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic