2008 Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera


  • Italy
  • Piedmont
  • Langhe
  • Barolo

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  • oldwines Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 18, 2018 - Decanted at 4pm and enjoyed over the next 6 hours. I was slightly disappointed in this and I'm not sure if it needed to breathe more as I guess or less as one of my friends believes. It has great medium to dark though translucent garnet color and great texture on the palate with tannin that is only beginning to be integrated. The usual rose petals and cherry and earthy mushrooms are there but it seemed somewhat hard and unyielding to me with respect to the depth of flavor and length of finish suggested by Galloni and others. I usually love most anything made by Elio and Gianluca but I will have to give this one another try.

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  • winemaker commented:

    3/21/18, 2:30 PM - This is a young Barolo. Nebbiolo will take a lot of air. I think you should have decanted it at noon to enjoy at dinner. If I am not planning on consuming the whole bottle, I use 375 mL bottles so I can decant it and store a half bottle until the next day. Particularly with Barolo, it is interesting to see if the wine is better the next day. Often it is. Your mileage may vary! Best.

  • oldwines commented:

    3/21/18, 3:04 PM - I agree completely. My friend and I always seem to disagree on this point when it comes to Barolo. This was a bit more open after about an hour, then shut down (as they often do) and we finished it before it got enough air to open up again, I think. I have had many experiences like you suggest where great wines are better the next day including both young and old vintages of the likes of Ch. Montelena Estate Cab, Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nouva, Diamond Creek, various Baroli and even a Grand Cru Burg.


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