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Elio Grasso Barbera d'Alba "Vigna Martina" '16


Elio Grasso Barbera d'Alba "Vigna Martina" '16

I’m going to say something that may be considered blasphemy by fans of the wines of Piedmont. I believe that an argument could be made that Barbera is the equal to the Nebbiolo grape of Piedmont.

Ok, calm down, I get it. Nebbiolo is the grape that can age the longest. The best vineyards are planted to Nebbiolo. Hear me out.

Barbera is a grape that likes warmth. It likes a long season. It is a grape that offers fruit, acidity, soft tannins, and can also be reflective of its terroir. Barbera is a grape that really can handle the challenges of global warming. Above all, who doesn’t like Barbera? It is a crowd pleaser that can work so well at the dinner table.

When you take Barbera and give it to a winemaker like Gianluca Grasso of Elio Grasso, the result is a world-class wine. If you are a long time shopper at our store you know that Elio Grasso is one of the top 10 wineries in Barolo. Their 18 hectares of prime vineyards in Monforte d’Alba produce incredible wines.

Gianluca Grasso treats his Barbera just as seriously as their trio of Baroli.  “Vigna Martina” is produced from over 35 year-old vines. The maceration took place over 20 days with a submerged cap. It is fermented with indigenous yeasts and was aged for 18 months in oak.

If you are a serious fan of Piedmont, you will have heard about the much hyped 2016 vintage. This incredible Barbera shows off the greatness of the vintage. I could smell this wine all day. Gorgeous nose of wild strawberry, black berry, anise, and spice. This just glides over the palate, with medium weight, beautifully delineated fruit, soft tannins, and bright acidity.

Drink some now, keep some over a few years to taste its evolution.

Finally, we have a really special deal on this wine which normally retails at $35. It is a steal at that price, but at our special pricing, if you love Barbera and don’t buy a case, I’m not sure we can be friends?




Producer Elio Grasso
Vintage 2016
Format 750ml


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