"Cherry and cherry cola scents, whiffs of raspberry, strong fruitiness with an overlay of garrigue herb and spice. The palate has some density but holds freshness, fine sheath of feathery tannins, a good thick flow but never feels heavy, just full of flavour. Finishes with light chew and some anise character. This is exciting drinking."
92 points, The Wine Front (April 2019)
"Spicy, more complex style of bouquet showing some subtle barrel influence, while the palate is savoury and has some soft, drying tannins. Very ripe fruit. Big, drying savoury tannin finish and aftertaste. Well structured. A wine of some stature and presence. Excellent."
92 points, The Real Review (March 2019)
"Gianluca Grasso tells me he became as strict as an Italian police man, a Carabinieri, when it came to leaf pulling in 2017. Vines needed as much shade as they could get in this scorching hot vintage, so he did not allow for any leaves to be thinned. Fruit for the 2017 Dolcetto d'Alba dei Grassi matured rigorously in the shade during the whole summer season. For Gianluca, this was the key to maintaining fruity intensity and freshness in this difficult vintage. Indeed, this wine is void of the jammy sensations of fruit confit and marmalade that you might expect given the record heat."
89 points, Wine Advocate (June 2018)
"The 2017 Dolcetto d'Alba dei Grassi is very pretty and also unexpectedly gracious in this vintage. Floral and lifted, with mid-weight structure, Grasso's Dolcetto is without question one of the most restrained wines of the year. Lavender, mint and blueberry fruit are nicely layered in this super-expressive and delicious Dolcetto."
89 points, Vinous (May 2019)
"Very ripe, plummy nose but there are no baked tones from this hot vintage. Rich and generous, juicy and succulent, with a light chewiness to give texture and persistence. Well-integrated alcohol. An enjoyable style with ample fruitiness."
91 points, Stephen Brook, Decanter
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.