The Elio Grasso 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo Gavarini could be a Barolo according to the location of the vineyards. Some of the fruit comes from the newly purchased Bricco San Pietro that is voluntarily declassified for now. The rest of the fruit comes from young vines from other parcels owned by the estate. Langhe Nebbiolo is ever-growing in its popularity for very good reason. A beautiful wine like this offers hints at the Nebbiolo greatness that you get with Barolo or Barbaresco. Despite that pedigree, the wine is fundamentally easy and approachable in character. This expression opens to a light garnet color and shows pristine aromas of wild berry, dried cherry, licorice and roasted hazelnut.
91 points, Monica Larner (July 2017)
The 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo Gavarini offers notable depth and striking purity at this level. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, wild flowers and mint inform the wine's bouquet. This fragrant, mid-weight Langhe Nebbiolo packs a good bit of punch.
89 points, Antonio Galloni (June 2018)
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.