When normal is not normal

Silvio Grasso’s 2016 Barolo is anything but normal, or should I say normale. Most Barolo producers all have a normale bottling, usually a blend of the younger vines from their single-vineyard holdings, and Silvio Grasso’s 2016 is a definite cut above the rest. We found this wine while tasting a smattering of 2016 nebbiolo based wines as it happened to outperform wines twice its price!

We love how expressive it is now while still clearly having a long life ahead of it. The fruit is soft and silky, the word sexy comes to mind, also the tannins are easy going as Barolo goes. This is most likely due to two reasons, one being that Silvio Grasso is based in the Barolo commune of La Morra where the wines are generally more elegant or graceful displaying its divine femininity if you will. The other reason is that this is how Silvio Grasso has always made their wines. We have been enjoying their wines for years and they have always been an absolute delight, and we are sure you will be enamored by them as well.

The 2016 vintage is historic for the Piedmont region of Italy, the wines are impeccably structured with the perfect balance between fruit, acid, and tannin. This is obvious when tasting this Barolo and you will be pinching yourself over how little you paid for it. Barolo can get pricey quick, however, paying only $31.97 for this wine is a steal! Oh, they also happen to farm organically too, if that matters to you.

 

Silvio Grasso Barolo 2016
Shelf Price $36.99
Sale Price $31.97 

100% Nebbiolo grown in calcareous clay soils in La Morra. Traditional maceration with the skins for 40 days in steel with indigenous yeasts, maturation in Slavonian oak casks (capacity 10 Hl) for 24 months. His sophisticated, modern Barolos are part- icularly 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.

94 pts James Suckling
This is already approachable with lovely ripe-strawberry, chocolate and walnut character. It’s full and layered with chewy, polished tannins and a flavorful finish. Better after 2022

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