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Community Tasting Notes (16) Avg Score: 91.7 points

  • Grasso Barolo 1999 vs Vietti Barbera d'Asti 2004
    - Farbe: Der Barbera ist dunkler und dichter, lässt schon auf den modernen Ausbau im Barrique schließen
    - Bouquet: Grasso zeigt schon etwas den reifen Geruch und die Säure der Kirsche, Vietti riecht deutlich weniger
    - Grasso ist starker Säure, mal sehen ob das nach dem Dekantieren sich noch verändert; typischer Unterschied zwischen Kirsche und Brombeere - der Vietti ist einfach ein Stückchen fruchtiger
    - Mir gefällt der Grasso besser, auch wenn er anstrengender zu Trinken ist

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  • Decanted one hour, consumed over the following three. Medium-ruby colour with a touch of bricking. Aromas and flavours of truffle, tar, leather, dried cherry, prune, blackcurrant, forest floor, dried violets. Medium-full bodied, with well-integrated tannins. Great balance and length, showing good complexity and a nice balance of secondary and tertiary notes. Drinking really well right now. I don't see much room for improvement, but surely it will hold on this plateau for some time. Drink now-2020.

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  • Very pretty deep red. Big and young. Black cherry, plum, anise, hint of mint/menthol. Not worth the current tariff, but a nice pick up at $32 eight years ago.

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  • Interesting wine... but maybe not ready yet!

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  • The nose showed ripe cherry up front, which turned more to plum, rose and potpourri, a hint of mushroom and wet fall leaves. On the palate it was soft like silk, feeling weighty yet somehow light on it's feet. Dark red fruit, menthol and a core of minerals saturated the palate and stayed through the long finish. A balanced dose of fine grained tannin remained, which promised years of development yet still allowed this early glimpse to be incredibly enjoyable.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    1999 Barolo: Brilliance, Intensity and Class (Aug 2014), 11/1/2012, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2002, IWC Issue #105, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    7/13/2011, (See more on 88 points

    (Elio Grasso Barolo Ginestra Casa Maté) Bricking dark ruby color with pale meniscus; stewy, VA, overripe, roasted plum, bittersweet chocolate nose; tight, oak, roasted berry, smoke, tart berry, monolithic palate with firm tannins; needs 10 more years; medium-plus finish 88+ points

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