Silvio Grasso

“Grasso’s are sensational Barolos that taste like the essence of Nebbiolo (Parker).”

The  Grasso family has been producing wine since 1927, but Alessio Federico only started bottling in 1980, and has “produced a bevy of sensational efforts over recent vintages” (Parker). His sophisticated, modern Barolos are particularly 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.  The “Bricco Luciani”, which is located just above Molino’s “Gancia” vineyard, is soft, generous, classic La Morra,  while the “Ciabot Manzoni” was described as “Godzilla-like” by Parker, “multidimensional, compelling/prodigious… gigantic in scope and stature”; this wine was given 95 points for the 2004 by the Wine Spectator.  In fact, all of Grasso's 2004 Baroli were awarded scores between 92-95 points. Dolcetto and Barbera also exhibit exceptional lushness and ripeness, with superb purity of flavors and aromas, and the “Peirass” (first released last year) is an elegant, ripe Nebbiolo without extended wood aging.

Farming Practices:
At the estate “natural agriculture” is carried out. Integrated insect and disease control is carried out. Sulfur-and copper-based products are used. Only organic fertilizers are used (the Insieme Group financed a cattle farm also for the production of manure). Spontaneous cover crops (sometimes specific crops are sown) are left between the rows of vines, the grass is mowed and the soil is occasionally tilled (the turf is mainly left in place). Very careful use of SO2 in the wines. 

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