This is superb Barolo from a single cru, the Gavarini, and more specifically the Vigna Chiniera, which is planted close to Elio's beautiful home and cellar. With more sand and limestone than is usual in Monforte d'Alba, and at high elevation, the Chiniera produces a lean, elegant, aromatically complex Barolo. This nuanced expression of Nebbiolo is, nevertheless, quite long-lived. Enjoy especially with game, aged cheeses from the region or as a classic vino da meditazione after the meal.
About this wine producer: If there is any Barolo producer who perfectly embodies the idea of stewardship of his heritage, it is Elio Grasso. He was working in a bank in Torino in 1978 when his grandfather died, leaving him a small cascina and a few giornate of vines on the Gavarini and Ginestra hills of Monforte d’Alba. Elio promptly quit the bank to become a wine grower. Today he still works every day in the vineyard, preferring to leave the cellar and business to his son Gianluca, who produces the wines. The estate is now always counted among the top producers in Italy.