Grape(s): Nebbiolo 95%, Merlot/Barbera d'Alba 5%
Localization: Piedmont, Italy
Tasting Notes: Loads of bright cherries and raspberry jam are complemented by soft, firm tannins, dry rose petals, dusty chalk, and a kiss of oak, leading to a spicy finish.
Notes: Nebbiolo from La Morra, planted in clay and limestone soils. Fermented in stainless steel with a maceration time of 5-6 days. The wine ages in stainles steel for 6 months, plus 3 months in large oak cask and 6 months in bottle
The Domain: The Grasso family has been producing wine since 1927, but Federico Grasso only started bottling in 1980, and has "produced a bevy of sensational efforts over recent vintages" (Parker). His sophisticated, modern Barolos are particularly notable for avoiding excessive wood aromas; to this end, Grasso prefers to use large barrels rather than barriques for maturation, and uses less than 30% new wood even on his single-vineyard bottling.