Silvio Grasso

17350322 Fraz. Annunziata, 112 - 12064 La Morra (CN)

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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.

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  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

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  • Silvio Grasso Dolcetto Dolcetto d'Alba 2010

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    light...very dry, with full fruit flavors... Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Silvio Grasso Barolo 2005

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    Strong taste but not bad. Probably will pass next time, unless it will be on sale somewhere around $22-25.Got it from Canal, NJ for $36. Read More

    Wine review by strokine


  • Silvio Grasso Barolo 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • While updating the wine notes I wrote during this year’s Nebbiolo Prima, ... 8 Wines with a score of 7/10Silvio Grasso Ciabot Manzoni La Morra - toasty, burnt, oaky, wood tannins, sleek, a core of nice bitter cherry fruit, very massaged, international wine but well made with some nice fruit on the backend and decent length, lots of fruit, real... Read More

    From the article 2007 Barolo, part 2


  • Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 2006

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    Smoky, touch of burnt herbs, lightly charred marshmallow, flat, fat, harsh tannins, tough, nothing going on here Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Silvio Grasso Barolo Ciabot Manzoni 2006

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    Slightly herbal, lemon verbena, citrus herbal, nice concentration up front then extracted bitter mid-palate, touch, forced, bitter finish, Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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  • Silvio Grasso Barolo 1999

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    Spent six hours with this bottle. Decanted and slow-o for two hours. Upon pouring into decanter the entire kitchen filled with a bouquet of strawberries and roses. After two hours, the nose showed cherry pipe tobacco and flower petals. With more time in glass I found aromas of beef broth and a hint of rust. The palate showed sour cherry, leather... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Silvio Grasso Barolo 2005

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    Wine review by Beez


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  • Well the 2005 Barolos are tasted, and I cant help but think back to what I said ... finish is quite long 87-88Silvio Grasso Bricco Luciani (La Morra)-  heavier and sweeter on the nose, rather dense, slightly medicinal, lots of dried herb and chalk bright and juicy, nice tannin structure, a bit low intensity flavors but the profile is very nice... Read More

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  • Well the 2005 Barolos are tasted and I can’t help but think back to what ... finish is quite long 87-88 Silvio Grasso Bricco Luciani (La Morra)-  heavier and sweeter on the nose, rather dense, slightly medicinal, lots of dried herb and chalk – bright and juicy, nice tannin structure, a bit low intensity flavors but the profile is very nice wit... Read More

    From the article Alba Wine Exhibition 2005 Barolo tasting notes


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