GianLuca Grasso pours his Barbera d’Alba
at our 2011 event.
Elio Grasso of Monforte d’Alba, a sup-appellation Barolo, makes wines with a hefty dose of traditionalism, despite the fact that he’s now handing the reigns over to the next generation, his son GianLuca Grasso. GianLuca still follows in the footsteps of Elio, whose wines tend toward the old-school style of Barolo, carrying more tobacco-laden tannins and leather notes than hedonistic fruit that’s popular today. “We have a philosophy of our relatives who worked in the vineyards before us,” Elio once stated to a reviewer. “We need to respect that.”
GianLuca Grasso crafts exquisite Baroli from Ginestra, Gavarini and Runcot, all top sites in Monforte d’ Alba. Although often considered one of Piedmont’s fastest rising stars, the reality is that the wines have been stunning here for many years. The Baroli Ginestra Casa Mate and Gavarini are made along traditional lines, while the Riserva Runcot is aged in French oak. These are but details though, what comes through most in the Grasso Baroli is the impeccable elegance of the fruit.
The vineyards of Elio and GianLuca Grasso are situated in some of the best land in all of Piemonte, within the commune of Monforte. The estate vineyards of Gavarini and Ginestra are fabulous sites, due to their perfect, southern exposure and their limestone-based soil. The Grasso family tends their vines of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Chardonnay organically. Pristine grapes allow for winemaker, GianLuca, to do simple, clean winemaking. The fermentation is long and ageing is done in barrels that complement and enhance the wine. The Grasso wines combine aromatic complexity with great concentration and the ability to age gracefully, the hallmarks of great wine around the world.