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

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


Elio Grasso’s Ginestra Vigna Casa Mate is a traditionally made Barolo from 40 years-old family owned estate in 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. An outstanding wine!

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(Incl. 19% VAT, €83,33 / liter)

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96 points, 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.

95 points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker - The 2012 Barolo Ginestra Casa Maté is a thickly layered and structured Nebbiolo that offers more power and muscle compared to the ethereal Barolo Gavarini Chiniera. The bouquet is redolent of tobacco, autumnal leaf, truffle, tar, cola and tobacco. At its core, the wine exhibits a dark, berry-driven personality. The mouthfeel shows firmness and austerity that will help to move the wine gracefully forward to complete its slow evolution. Already at this young stage, this Barolo shows an impressive level of elegance and nuance.


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Elio Grasso

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.