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Silvio Grasso Barolo Ciabot Manzoni 2004

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Wine Spectator Review 95 Points �Intense aromas of very ripe strawberry and wet earth. Full-bodied, with loads of fruit and tannins. But not too chewy. Polished and balanced. Very impressive and well-crafted. Best after 2012. 250 cases made.� 2004 BAROLO Review: �I tasted about 70 Nebbiolos {Grape varietal used in Barolos} from the 2004 over the last two days in blind tastings in the region, and I have to say that I fell in love with many of the wines. They're so attractive and balanced that they beckon you to taste them � even drink them. They are extremely aromatic, with bouquets of ripe, floral fruit, and concentrated, with caressing tannins and loads of fruit. I like to compare them to 2000, but they have slightly more prevalent tannins. Perhaps it�s better to describe them as a modern 1996, where they have the same concentration as that classic vintage, with rounder and more refined tannins.� - WINE SPECTATOR

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Silvio Grasso:
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 wo... Read more
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 bottlings. The “Bricco Luciani”, which is located just above Molino’s “Gancia” vineyard, is soft, generous, classic La Morra, while the “Ciabot Manzoni” was described as “Godzilla-like” by Parker, “multidimensional, compelling/prodigious… gigantic in scope and stature”; this wine was given 95 points for the 2004 by the Wine Spectator. In fact, all of Grasso's 2004 Baroli were awarded scores between 92-95 points. Dolcetto and Barbera also exhibit exceptional lushness and ripeness, with superb purity of flavors and aromas, and the “Peirass” (first released last year) is an elegant, ripe Nebbiolo without extended wood aging. Read less

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Wine Spectator Review 95 Points �Intense aromas of very ripe strawberry and wet earth. Full-bodied, with loads of fruit and tannins. But not too chewy. Polished and balanced. Very impressive and well-crafted. Best after 2012. 250 cases made.� 2004 BAROLO Review: �I tasted about 70 Nebbiolos {Grape varietal used in Barolos} from the 2004 over the last two days in blind tastings in the region, and I have to say that I fell in love with many of the wines. They're so attractive and balanced that they beckon you to taste them � even drink them. They are extremely aromatic, with bouquets of ripe, floral fruit, and concentrated, with caressing tannins and loads of fruit. I like to compare them to 2000, but they have slightly more prevalent tannins. Perhaps it�s better to describe them as a modern 1996, where they have the same concentration as that classic vintage, with rounder and more refined tannins.� - WINE SPECTATOR

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