Presenting a bouquet of candied red fruit, flowers,mint and minerals, the silky texture of this wine
segues nicely with integrated tannins on the elegant finish.
The 2007 Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera opens with an exotic bouquet of candied red fruit, flowers, mint and minerals. This is an unusually opulent, racy style for Grasso. The Gavarini is a touch hot and alcoholic at first, but with several hours of air, that quality seemed to resolve itself nicely. Silky, beautifully integrated tannins frame a finish of exceptional elegance. The personality of the year marks the Gavarini to a significant degree. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027.
The Wine Advocate
|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.
|Fruit from this vineyard sits at 1246-1312 feet and has a southeast exposure. Fermented for 12-16 days in stainless steel tanks
with daily pumpovers, the wine was aged for 24 months in 25 hectoliter barrels of Slavonian oak and then cellared for an
additional 8-10 months.
|The vineyards owned by the Grasso family are the estate’s greatest assets. The area where they are located has always been considered outstanding wine country, as is demonstrated by the inclusion of our holdings in the map of the finest vineyards drawn up by the great historian, Lorenzo Fantini, in the early 20th century.
Recognising the overriding need to respect and enhance the unique characteristics of the vineyards, we look on these sorž, as well-aspected hillsides are called around here, as magical places where we can rediscover our own roots.
In fact it was in the early 1980s that we decided to go back to our origins as grape growers, well aware that our work did not stop at the end of the row of vines. We had no illusions that we were inventing anything: we merely wanted to comply with the best in the traditions and work of our predecessors, without any preconceived ideas.
The first logical consequence was the decision, from 1978, to vinify and bottle separately grapes from our various vineyards. Our goal was to enable the estate to find its own space in a market where excellent producers were already operating. Our one-step-at-a-time policy began with the successive replantings of our Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. In 1986, we added a small plot of a non-native variety, Chardonnay, ”educating” the fruit to express the terroir into which it had been introduced. At present, our average annual output does not exceed 70,000 bottles, a level that enables us to maintain the family-managed orientation of our work, as well as meticulous control over all stages of winemaking, from vineyard to cellar.