ELIO GRASSO Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera 2017
History and the Growth of the Estate
The vineyards owned by the Grasso family are the estate’s greatest assets. The area where they are located has always been considered outstanding wine country, as is demonstrated by the inclusion of our holdings in the map of the finest vineyards drawn up by the great historian, Lorenzo Fantini, in the early 20th century.
In the early 1980s we decided to go back to our origins as grape growers, well aware that our work did not stop at the end of the row of vines. We had no illusions that we were inventing anything: we merely wanted to comply with the best in the traditions and work of our predecessors, without any preconceived ideas. The first logical consequence was the decision, from 1978, to vinify and bottle separately grapes from our various vineyards.
Monforte d’Alba was a pagus romanus, or Roman settlement, then a Lombard village, and in the Middle Ages became the epicentre of the Cathar heresy.
The focal point where the Alba Langhe meets Dogliano and the Upper Langhe, Monforte is acknowledged as one of the great capitals of Barolo, to whose production area it has historically belonged.
Barolo at Monforte can draw on a number of prestigious vineyards with a range of soil types and variously-aspected locations. The wines combine structure with elegance, aromatic finesse, solid character and exceptional ageing potential.
BAROLO GAVARINI VIGNA CHINIERA
Aspect and height above sea level: south-facing, 350-400 metres
Soil type: moderately loose-packed, slightly sandy, limestone-based
Vine training system and planting density: Guyot-trained at 4,500 vines per hectare
Average age of productive vines: around 35 years
Harvest period and method: second 10 days of October, manual harvest
The vinification procedure for Barolo Gavarini Chiniera involves alcoholic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with daily pumping over. After completing malolactic fermentation, the wine matures in 25-hectolitre barrels of Slavonian oak. Bottling normally takes place in August. The Barolo Gavarini Chiniera then stays in the binning cellar for 8-10 months before release.
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