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Barolo, Elio Grasso Ginestra Casa Mate 2011 DOCG ITALY

£65.00

We currently have 6 in stock.

Elio Grasso believes that wine starts in the vineyard. With absolute respect for his land he has decided to only make single vineyard Barolo in order that each vineyard is allowed to demonstrate its terroir.

This south-facing is only 3 hectares with nebbiolo vines of around 40 years old. 

Barolo is based in the Piemonte region of north-west Italy. It is the most powerful, dynamic and age-worthy expression of the Nebbiolo grape. 

As a DOCG there are certain requirements in relation to the yield of grapes (56hl/ha) and ageing requirements - the wine cannot be released until it has had 38 months ageing with at lease 18 months in oak. This means it is a true wine of quality. 

The core of the region is based around the townships of Barolo, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga D'Alba and Monforte d'Alba. Each area can have a distinct style based on the soil type and micro-climate. Barolo and La Morra to the west have a different soil type from the other 3 areas to the east, making them generally softer, fruitier and more aromatic. The areas to the east tend to be intense and structure, requiring longer to age.

All Barolo share a colour that is not deep (think Pinot Noir), turning to garnet quite quickly. They share complex, wonderful aromas of cherry and plum, ageing to violets, liquorice, tar, white truffles and rose petals.

Barolo pairs very well with all game food, especially goose as the acids of the wine combat the rich fattiness very well. 

Also, dishes containing liver, wild mushrooms or truffle. Imagine a wild mushroom risotto with a truffled cheese or truffle oil on it.

Medium cheeses, such as gran padano. Any blue cheese would be too much for a Barolo.

James Suckling gives this a 95/100:

"A very exciting and subtle red with tar, licorice and dark berry character. Full-bodied, yet subtle and balanced. Lovely density and freshness. Better than 2010. Drink or hold for many years. James Suckling. April, 2015."

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We deliver to all areas of England and Wales.

We deliver to Scotland at our normal rate, except for the Highlands where we may contact you regarding an extra delivery fee before processing the order - this is likely to be around £35.

We can deliver to the Isle of Man, Channel Islands or to Northern or Southern Ireland or Scottish Islands, however this will be charged at a higher rate. Please contact us at hookandford@gmail.com to find out more.

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