Wine Advocate 95 points - The 2009 Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera is a beautifully delicate and elegant wine with fruit sourced from 35-year-old vines at 400 meters above sea level. Those higher elevations have helped to shape finely detailed aromas, despite the warmer vintage. Bright notes of pressed rose, violets, licorice, spice, tar and plum all call out your attention. Solid tightness in the mouth slowly relaxes to reveal nuanced flavors of bright cherry, spice and leather. Each time you return to the glass, the wine offers yet another dimension. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035. (Jun 2013)
Located outside the town of Monforte d’Alba, Italy on the eastern side of the Barolo appellation is Elio Grasso. A benchmark for classic, traditionally made Barolo, the family keeps production at a level where they can retain control over all aspects of winemaking. Elio works mostly in the vineyards, leaving the cellar work to his son Gianluca and wine consultant, Piero Ballario. All Grasso wines are produced using estate-grown fruit. The Barolos are produced from three, south-facing vineyards in Monforte: Ginestra Vigna Casa Mate, Gavarini Vigna Chiniera and Runcot. These steep vineyards are planted at 918-1,312 feet to loosely packed calcareous soils. Varietals are vinified separately, according to vineyard provenance and the wines, with the exception of the Chardonnay are fermented in steel. These wines combine structure with elegance, aromatic finesse, solid character and exceptional aging potential.
|Wine maker notes
|Elio Grasso's Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera was produced in Monforte d'Alba (Cuneo) from 100% Nebbiolo grapes. The vines, with an average age of 15 years, are planted in calcareous, slightly sandy soil on a south-facing slope. After undergoing malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats, the wine is aged in 2.5 L Slavonian oak barrels for two years. The wine is then held in bottle for 8-10 months before release.