Silvio Grasso

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

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Silvio Grasso Barolo Nebbiolo 2013
THE WINE 100% Nebbiolo grown in calcareous clay soils in La Morra. Traditional maceration with the skins for 40 days in steel with indigenous yeasts, maturation in Slavonian oak casks (capacity 10 Hl) for 24 months. His sophisticated, modern Barolos are part- icularly notable for avoiding excessive

Silvio Grasso Barolo Nebbiolo 2011
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "A dense and decadent wine with dried meat, ripe berry and walnut character plus hints of leaf. Full-bodied, round and chewy yet savory and beautiful. Tannic and powerful. Try in 2018."  Wine Spectator 90 "Menthol and licorice accents complement the core of cherry and

Silvio Grasso 'Bricco Luciani' Barolo 2010
95  Wine Spectator 
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

Silvio Grasso Barolo 2003
"A library release from one of the great names in Barolo. This is drinking just beautifully now! Gorgeous aromas of ripe strawberry, violets, mushroom, and earth to a full-bodied palate, with supple tannins and a long finish. Simply awesome!"  Wine Information: Production area: La Morra Vineyard

Silvio Grasso Barolo Nebbiolo 2010
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 "This is deep and rich with dried berries and cherries on the nose and palate with dried berry, mineral and floral character. It’s full body, with silky tannins and fruity finish. Yet there ‘s beautiful tannin to the wine with the interplay of tannins, acidity and fruit. Better in

Silvio Grasso Barolo 2009
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2009 Barolo shows the powerful side of the vintage with a brooding, dark color and lively aromas of cassis, forest fruit, anise, fennel, licorice and tar. A dark, inky appearance is followed by smooth richness and long lasting flavors of black fruit and spice. Anticipated

Silvio Grasso 'Bricco Luciani' Nebbiolo 2007
96  James Suckling 
Robert Parker 94 "The 2007 Barolo Bricco Luciani is one of the most beautiful wines I have tasted here in quite some time. Dark berries, flowers, minerals and spices are some of the nuances that emerge from this sexy, well-delineated Barolo. The 2007 possesses more depth than has been the norm over

Silvio Grasso 'Giachini' Barolo 2005
91  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 91"Good dark red. Sexy aromas of raspberry, cedar, mocha, truffle and caramel. Sweet, rich, fat and very ripe, but showing more clarity of flavor than the Ciabot Manzoni . The long finish features major mouth-saturating tannins that offer good sweetness for the vintage."

Silvio Grasso 'Pi Vigne' Barolo 2005
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94"Plum, prune and bark aromas turn to raisin. Full-bodied, chewy and powerful, with big tannins and lots of concentration. Best after 2012. 850 cases made. "

Silvio Grasso 'Vigna Plicotti' Barolo 2003
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94"Very rich and powerful, with amazing aromas of rose and blackberry. Full and very rich, with round tannins and a long, bright finish. Hard to resist. This is the newest vineyard of Grasso and one hell of a wine. Best after 2010."

Silvio Grasso 'Pi Vigne' Barolo 2004
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93"Very ripe plum aromas turn to a slightly raisiny undertone. Full-bodied, very thick and chewy, yet polished and velvety-textured. Big and rich, with a long finish. Best after 2012. 250 cases made. "

Silvio Grasso 'Giachini' Barolo 2001
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92"Aromas of blackberries with plums and dried fruits follow through to a full-bodied palate, with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. This is a wonderful single-vineyard wine from Silvio Grasso. Best after 2007. 250 cases made. "

Silvio Grasso 'Bricco Luciani' Barolo 1999
92  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 92 "Alessio Grasso was already making fine Barolo towards the end of the 1980's, but the wines of the past five years have taken things to another level. Excellent wines were made here in 1997, but these, to me, are equally good. The 1999 Barolo Bricco luciani, as is the norm here,

Silvio Grasso 'Giachini' Barolo 2004
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94"Aromas of licorice, blackberry and espresso bean follow through to a full-bodied palate, with slightly raisiny flavors and big, velvety tannins. Long and caressing. Best after 2012. 250 cases made."

Silvio Grasso 'Bricco Luciani' Barolo 2003
89  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 89 "The 2003 Barolo Bricco Luciani is a strong effort. It is at once sweeter and ampler than the normale, but also comes across as slightly more advanced than that wine. Expansive and balanced on the palate, this pretty Barolo offers a pretty core of fruit, spices and roasted coffee