2013ElioGrasso2013 Elio Grasso, Gavarini, Langhe Nebbiolo DOC, Piedmonte Italy.
The very sexy and satiny Gavarini Langhe Nebbiolo from Elio Grasso is wonderful example of stylish ready to drink young terroir driven baby Barolo! Gavarini is a Cru site in Monforte d’Alba’s Barolo zone and that pedigree shines through here, and this vibrant Nebbiolo has pitch perfect balance and plush mouth feel. The 2013 has surprising ripe tannins and silken layers, it starts with mixed floral tones, a bit of chalk dust, mineral and racy red fruits with rose petals, crushed violets, raspberry, tangy plum, a hint of soy/hosin, truffle, fig paste, minty/tar infused salty black licorice and kirsch. The body is medium/full and the acidity is well integrated, and while it won’t be a long term tannic ager, you’ll want plenty to drink shorter term, this is really pleasing stainless steel fermented and aged pure Nebbiolo, from 20 year old vines on crumbly limestone and loamy soils, drink over the next 3 to 5 years.
($23 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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