Aromas of flowers, strawberry and dried sage come through. Full-bodied, firm and tannic. Chewy tannins yet polished and fine texture. Subtle and flavorful. Drink in 2020.
94 points, James Suckling (March 2016)
The 2012 Barolo Ginestra Casa Maté is a thickly layered and structured Nebbiolo that offers more power and muscle compared to the ethereal Barolo Gavarini Chiniera. The bouquet is redolent of tobacco, autumnal leaf, truffle, tar, cola and tobacco. At its core, the wine exhibits a dark, berry-driven personality. The mouthfeel shows firmness and austerity that will help to move the wine gracefully forward to complete its slow evolution. Already at this young stage, this Barolo shows an impressive level of elegance and nuance.
94 points, Monica Larner (June 2016)
An elegant version, this red boasts macerated cherry, currant and spice flavors, with elements of tobacco, tar and mineral adding depth. Long and stately despite some firm tannins that need to be resolved. Has all the components in the right proportions. Best from 2019 through 2035. 1,000 cases made.
93 points, Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator - 2017)
Elio Grasso is a wine producer situated in Monforte d’Alba in the heart of Piedmont. As a young man, Elio was always a great admirer of the Conterno estate. So in 1979 when he gave up his banking job in Turin to move to the family property in Monforte d’Alba, Aldo Conterno helped him get started. The Grasso family owns vineyards in some of the best parts of the region, some of which have been family owned and worked for more than a century. All wines are made from estate owned grapes including Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera and more recently Chardonnay. Grasso produces three Barolo vineyard selections: Gavarini Vigna Chiniera, Ginestra Vigna Casa Maté and Rüncot. Over the years the Grasso style has evolved to a position somewhere between the classic and modernist expressions of Barolo. Langhe Nebbiolo, Dolcetto d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba and Langhe Chardonnay are also produced.
Elio Grasso... 'is highly respected by other Barolo producers. Elio Grasso and his son Gianluca continue to release beautifully perfumed and structured Barolo, both in a traditional style, with the Gavarini Chiniera and Ginestra Casa Maté Barolos, while the riserva Runcot is a more modern style. Great expressions of Monforte terroir; these examples of Barolo are as honest as you can find. -- Tom Hyland, The 25 Best producers of Barolo, Forbes, November 2018.