2009 Elio Grasso "Gavarini" Nebbiolo d'Alba SKU #1062401

Price: $23.99

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Tasting Notes

Elio Grasso is one of the best producers of Barolo. His estate, a beautiful house and cellar surrounded by improbably steep vineyards, is outside the town of Monforte, on the eastern side of the Barolo appellation. Elio works mostly in the vineyards, increasingly leaving the cellar work to his son Gianluca, who recently graduated from the enology school in Alba. The Gavarini vineyard is wholly owned by the Grassos. It produces this elegant, value-priced red. A dead ringer for a fine Barolo, and offered at a fraction of the price!

Staff Reviews

  • Christie Brunick
    By: Christie Brunick
    K&L Staff Member
    Pure, Feminine, Sexy..these are the words describing this Nebbiolo phenomenon from Elio Grasso. Perfume, Roses, Pink Pepper on the nose, with a soft but spicy mid palate and a finish that wont stop. Its going fast..savor..enjoy
  • Steve Greer
    By: Steve Greer
    K&L Staff Member
    Nebbiolo at this price and of this quality is a steal. Beautiful floral and cherry on the nose with a bit riper ripe fruit on the palate with nice tannins. The finish is beautiful and lingering with a bit of tar and red fruits. I love this wine.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    If you are looking for a great price on a terrific nebbiolo to drink now, this is the bottle for you. From Elio Grasso, whose top Barolos typically sell in the $60 to $80 range, this is 100% nebbiolo for a mere $23.99. The wine exhibits superb varietal character with a textbook nose that is lightly floral with just a hint of tar. On the palate, tart red fruits framed by firm, fleshy tannins. Classic nebbiolo that you can enjoy tonight.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    From the great 2009 vintage, this wine brings it with aromas of dried cherry and roses. On the palate you will find raspberries, tar, tobacco, truffle and a little Alba dust, with a good tannin structure. I love the elegance and varietal purity of this baby Barolo. I have some 2001 as well as 2006 in my cellar, and I will put some of these down as well, to drink sooner than later. I recommended decanting it for a couple hours, and think it would show best with mushroom risotto or a tri-tip.


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