Elio Grasso Ginestra Vigna Casa Maté, Barolo DOCG, Italy 2012

Elio Grasso Ginestra Vigna Casa Maté, Barolo DOCG, Italy 2012

(Incl. 19% VAT, €83,33 / liter)

A traditional style Barolo from a family owned estate. Wines are made from 40 years-old vines from their 3 hectares winery in Monforte d'Alba, Barolo. Only 1,400 cases of Ginestra Casa Maté is produced each year. Grapes are harvested manually and wines are aged in 2500 liter Slovenian oak barrels for a slow ageing and minimum oak contact to produce a traditional style Barolo. 

Ruby-garnet colour with a bouquet of fruit aromas of strawberry with scents of vanilla, and rose. An elegant, full bodied wine, firm yet harmonised tannins, fine texture. Flavourful wine.

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Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Dark, rich and enveloping, the 2012 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Matè wraps around the palate with serious intensity. The flavors are deep and boldly sketched throughout. Plum, black cherries, menthol, licorice, and cloves, build to the voluptuous, explosive finish. The Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Matè is another wine that is going to require time in bottle, but it is fabulous, even at this very early stage. The Casa Matè is one of the most popular, dramatic Barolos of the vintage. 96/100 points

Robert Parker; 95/100 points

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Elio Grasso is a self-declared disciple of Aldo Conterno. He was always an admirer of the Conterno estate. In 1979, when he decided to move from his banking job in Turin to Monforte to transform the 14 hectare family farm into a winery, Aldo helped Elio get started by providing advice and winemaking assistance. Elio’s style has evolved in a position somewhere between the classic and modernist Barolo camps. His wines have something to offer everyone. Elio Grasso now has a beautiful new modern winery. Year after year he produces some of the most outstanding wines of the entire region.


Barolo is a traditional hillside village in the rolling hills of Piemont, northwestern Italy. The vineyards and cantine (wineries) there have long been famous for producing some of Italy's very finest red wines – predominantly from the region's signature grape variety, Nebbiolo. Fragrant, tannic Barolo wine is so revered that it was one of just three wines awarded DOCG status on the day that the classification was introduced in July 1980 (the other two were Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano).

Definition of the classic Barolo style is; the famous "tar and roses" aroma, a bright ruby colour (which fades to garnet over time), firm tannins, elevated acidity, and relatively high alcohol. All those characteristics give Barolo decades of ageing potential.