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Elio Grasso Barbera d'Alba Vigna Martina 2010

Elio Grasso Barbera d'Alba Vigna Martina 750ml 2010      
Sku: 1798657*

Located outside the town of Monforte d’Alba, Italy on the eastern side of the Barolo appellation is Elio Grasso. A benchmark for classic, traditionally made Barolo, the family keeps production at a level where they can retain control over all aspects of winemaking. Elio works mostly in the vineyards, leaving the cellar work to his son Gianluca and wine consultant, Piero Ballario. All Grasso wines are produced using estate-grown fruit. The Barolos are produced from three, south-facing vineyards in Monforte: Ginestra Vigna Casa Mate, Gavarini Vigna Chiniera and Runcot. These steep vineyards are planted at 918-1,312 feet to loosely packed calcareous soils. Varietals are vinified separately, according to vineyard provenance and the wines, with the exception of the Chardonnay are fermented in steel. These wines combine structure with elegance, aromatic finesse, solid character and exceptional aging potential.

Rating
 Wine Enthusiast 90 points (Dec 2013)
Here’s a structured and spicy Barbera with an enticing fragrance of black fruits, white pepper and exotic spices. The palate is round and smooth, delivering a tight core of black cherry along with black pepper, cinnamon, mint and thyme. It’s delicious now, but thanks to refreshing acidity will also stand the test of time. Drink now through 2020.

Wine maker notes

Municipality of production: Monforte d'Alba
Grape: Barbera
Number of bottles produced each year: 12,000
Vineyard area under vine: 2.2 hectares
Aspect and height above sea level: south-facing, 380 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: 15 years
Grape yield per hectare at harvest: 60 quintals
Harvest period and method: last 10 days of September and first 10 days of October, manual harvest. The vinification procedure for Barbera d'Alba Vigna Martina involves fermentation for 12-15 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with daily pumping over. After malolactic fermentation in steel, the wine is racked into half-new, half one-year-old French oak barriques to mature for 12 months. After bottling, the wine stays in the binning cellar for at least 8 months before release.

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Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub-Region: Barbera D`Alba
Grape Varietal: Barbera
Type: Still wine
 
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