Extremely perfumed with flowers and plum. Full body, deep and dense yet agile and fresh. Long, creamy texture. Walnuts and dark fruit. Drinkable but better in 2020.
95 points, James Suckling (March 2016)
A beautiful bouquet characterized by feminine floral tones and elegant accents of smoke, ash and crushed mineral distinguish this classic wine. The 2012 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is a balanced and harmonious effort that makes you forget about the warm growing conditions in this vintage. The fruit ripeness and overall precision of the wine are impeccable. There's a touch of crunchy firmness in terms of tannins and the acidity adds brightness and energy. This wine should reach its drinking window in about ten years.
94 points, Monica Larner (June 2016)
Expressive and balanced, with plum, leather, tobacco, tar and iron flavors allied to a solid structure. A touch of licorice emerges and the minerality builds as this unwinds on the long finish. Still tannic, so be patient. Best from 2021 through 2038. 1,000 cases made.
92 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.