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Barolo Runcot Riserva Elio Grasso 2010

£170.00

The Wine

This is an upstart Riserva with a passionate following and a small production of just 7,000 bottles. Elio Grasso is one of the shining stars of Barolo, and this is his masterpiece. 

The Runcot Riserva is a more modern wine than the other two single vineyard Grasso wines, seeing time in new French Oak.

This wine is from one of the great long-living vintages of recent times and will reward patience and cellaring. 

The Region

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.

Food Pairing

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.

Serving

This wine will definitely need decanting for several hours before serving. A beautiful wine always needs time!

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