Elio Grasso Barolo 2014 Offer
The finest 2014s are some of the most thrilling young Barolos I have ever tasted. The best 2014s possess extraordinary aromatic intensity, finely sketched fruit and silky tannins that are the result of fully ripe skins and seeds. Some of the 2014s have a grace that recalls 2008, others are a bit more potent in feel, especially where yields were low. My favorite wines in 2014 have an inner sweetness, perfume and silkiness that remind me the young 2004s or mature 1989s. ANTONIO GALLONI
I think it’s fair to say that the wines of Elio Grasso need little introduction these days. For me, they sit in the top small handful of my favourite producers from the region. The style is one of only a few who seamlessly marry a modern understanding of wine with traditional winemaking. The two regular Barolo are always aged in old, large casks and undergo an extended maceration while their Runcot is built along more modern lines.
In 2014 Gianluca has decided to blend both Cru to make a single Barolo, preferring the overall package than the two single sites on their own. Despite early scepticism of the vintage both Michael and I have been extremely impressed by the offerings from all of our favourite producers recently, the vintage has produced a lot of wine that delivers elegance, transparency, perfume and seductive sweet fruit in spades. This has turned out to be a year of classic wines that have a surprising depth of fruit and ripe, sweet phenolics that should hold these wines is good stead over the years to come.
As is always the case there is not much Grasso to be had, this has been greatly exacerbated by the low yields of the vintage. I strongly urge you to get in quick as they will vanish. The following these wines have is huge and it is always a feeding frenzy.