Located outside the town of Monforte d'Alba on the eastern side of the Barolo appellation is Elio Grasso. A benchmark for
quintessential, traditionally made Barolo, the family keeps production at a level where they can retain control over all aspects
of winemaking. Elio works mostly in the vineyards, leaving the cellar work to his son Gianluca and wine consultant, Piero
All Grasso wines are produced using estate-grown fruit. The Barolos are produced from three, south-facing vineyards in
Monforte: Ginestra Vigna Casa Mate, Gavarini Vigna Chiniera and Runcot. These steep vineyards are planted at 918-1,312
feet to loosely packed calcareous soils.
Varietals are vinified separately, according to vineyard provenance and all the wines, with the exception of the Chardonnay are
fermented in steel. These wines combine structure with elegance, aromatic finesse, solid character and exceptional aging
| Wine Advocate 96 points (Oct 2011)
The 2006 Barolo Riserva Runcot is a huge, structured wine bursting at the seams with fruit. The French oak (100% new) is beautifully integrated. Today the wine is understandably quite reticent but its pedigree is hard to miss. Flowers, licorice and minerals linger on the finish. The 2006 Runcot needs time, most likely lots of it. Let me just say I canít wait to taste this powerhouse once it has had more time in bottle. It is a dazzling effort. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031.