Elio Grasso Nebbiolo Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Maté 2001
Editorial Reviews for Elio Grasso Nebbiolo Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Maté
A bit oxidized and very high toned on the nose with a little coffee and leather nuance. Soft and a bit oxidized and sweet in the mouth. This is unfortunately dried out with some subtle red fruit and herbal spice flavors but the tannins that are tough and chewy and will probably not outlast the fruit. Short finish. 82pts
A little tight and herbal on the nose with lovely small cherry fruit, that really explodes on the nose showing a macerated edge and lovely leather and clay accents, with a slight hint of carob on the nose that grows in intensity, Fine acids greet the palate, with tannins showing a touch of roundness supporting lovely strawberry and tobacco laced fruit with wild bitter cherry notes. This is lovely with raspberry tinged fruit still very young but in an in-between phase. There’s lots of licorice on the backend and through the long finish, which shows some beet root. There’s lovely richness here with ripe tannins lending attractive tension to the elegant and long palate. No rush to drink this. 92pts
Four and a half glasses
The nose showed savory dark cherry reduction sauce, plum, tobacco, spice, undergrowth, mountain herbs, soil and mineral tones. On the palate it was rich and deep with silky textures and a hint of tannin still remaining. Flavors of black cherry and cinnamon spice permeated the palate though the finish, which lasted for half a minute.