Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 1997 Front Label
Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 1997 Front Label

Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 1997

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Winemaker Notes

This wine's complex, aromatic nose combines red currant, plum, mocha and tarry oak. On the palate, it is intensely flavored with fine tannins. The finish shows excellent grip.

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WS 96
Wine Spectator
Tasted from magnum. Dark ruby red color. Fabulous aromas of ripe red fruit and cloves and all sorts of Indian spices. Full-bodied, with gorgeous fruit and wonderfully silky tannins. Complex and flavorful on the finish. It delivers a full palette of character. Even better than I remember.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The super-intense, powerful, weighty, multidimensional, full-bodied, sweet, sexy 1997 Barolo Bricco Luciani exhibits a more forward character than it did prior to bottling. There are layers of fruit, glycerin, and extract, and the wine reveals abundant quantities of black cherry and berry fruit intermixed with spice box, leather, licorice, and Chinese black tea notes. As it sits in the glass, scents of melted asphalt, rose petals, and tobacco emerge. This is a superb, hedonistic yet powerful, concentrated Barolo to drink between 2003-2020.
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The Grasso family has been producing wine since 1927, but Federico Grasso only started bottling in 1980, and has "produced a bevy of sensational efforts over recent vintages" (Parker). His sophisticated, modern Barolos are particularly notable for avoiding excessive wood aromas; to this end, Grasso prefers to use large barrels rather than barriques for maturation, and uses less than 30% new wood even on his single-vineyard bottlings. The "Bricco Luciani", which is located just above Molino’s "Gancia" vineyard, is soft, generous, classic La Morra, while the "Ciabot Manzoni" was described as "Godzilla-like" by Parker, "multidimensional, compelling/prodigious... gigantic in scope and stature"; this wine was given 95 points for the 2004 by the Wine Spectator. In fact, all of Grasso's 2004 Baroli were awarded scores between 92-95 points. Dolcetto and Barbera also exhibit exceptional lushness and ripeness, with superb purity of flavors and aromas, and the "Peirass" (first released last year) is an elegant, ripe Nebbiolo without extended wood aging.
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The center of the production of the world’s most exclusive and age-worthy red wines made from Nebbiolo, the Barolo wine region includes five core townships: La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Serralunga d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and the Barolo village itself, as well as a few outlying villages. The landscape of Barolo, characterized by prominent and castle-topped hills, is full of history and romance centered on the Nebbiolo grape. Its wines, with the signature “tar and roses” aromas, have a deceptively light garnet color but full presence on the palate and plenty of tannins and acidity. In a well-made Barolo wine, one can expect to find complexity and good evolution with notes of, for example, strawberry, cherry, plum, leather, truffle, anise, fresh and dried herbs, tobacco and violets.

There are two predominant soil types here, which distinguish Barolo from the lesser surrounding areas. Compact and fertile Tortonian sandy marls define the vineyards farthest west and at higher elevations. Typically the Barolo wines coming from this side, from La Morra and Barolo, can be approachable relatively early on in their evolution and represent the “feminine” side of Barolo, often closer in style to Barbaresco with elegant perfume and fresh fruit.

On the eastern side of the Barolo wine region, Helvetian soils of compressed sandstone and chalks are less fertile, producing wines with intense body, power and structured tannins. This more “masculine” style comes from Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga d’Alba. The township of Castiglione Falletto covers a spine with both soil types.

The best Barolo wines need 10-15 years before they are ready to drink, and can further age for several decades.

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Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo, named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area, as well as in the neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it reaches its highest potential in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. Outside of Italy, growers are still very much in the experimentation stage but some success has been achieved in parts of California. Somm Secret—If you’re new to Nebbiolo, start with a charming, wallet-friendly, early-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba.

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