A Vertical Vintage Tasting of Grasso Fratelli
An Undiscovered Gem the Piedmont
The Farm Fratelli Grasso is located in Valgrande in Treiso, in the heart of the Langhe, an area known for the cultivation of vines from which are excellent and prestigious wines. In this area, now very popular for its beautiful nature, is cultivated with particular care the Nebbiolo grape from which the wine originates Barbaresco.
Luigi and Alfredo Grasso are two bachelor brothers who have literally spent near their entire lives in the vineyards and cellar. They started making “quality” wine in the 1970’s and bottling it. That makes them pioneers in the region. The story of the Langhe is fascinating. In the 1940’s and 50’s these people were literally starving trying to grow crops on all those darn hills. They grew fruit and nuts and sold grapes in bulk in the streets of Alba. That was before the potential of the nebbiolo grape was discovered. The last 50 years have been kind to the people of the Langhe.
The brothers are part of a winemaking family which includes award winning cousins at Ca del Baio, Cascina Monastero and Silvio Grasso, both in Barolo. While they are strict traditionalists, they make two unique and artisan wines. The Matine Barbera and the Le Zolle.
~Selections To Be Tasted~
2003 Grasso Fratelli Barbaresco Vallegrande $44.99*
An extremely hot year which was not expected to last in the bottle.
However, the Treiso area produces wines which mature slower that in Barbaresco. The 2003 is at it’s peak. It tends to show more earthy notes, underbrush as opposed to herbs, yet still has the fruit and
integrated tannins to balance it out.
2004 Grasso Fratelli Barbaresco Vallegrande $44.99*
2004 is velvet! It was a great year and while still lively and with enough tannins
and acidity for aging further, it is rounded and full with brighter red cherry.
2005 Grasso Fratelli Barbaresco Vallegrande $44.99*
This is an absolute gem! This wine is a voluptuous powerhouse of violets and black cherry with a lot of structure and tannins for this wine to keep on going.
2006 Grasso Fratelli Barbaresco Vallegrande $44.99*
More mature than the 05, more herbs and underbrush than mushroom, with good black fruit on the nose. It’s starting to gain traction as the favorite of the lot when I do tastings.