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2015 Elio Grasso "Gavarini Chiniera" Barolo

SKU #1423540 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Extremely perfumed, showing lots of rose, lavender and dark-berry character. Full body with intense density and chewiness that gives the wine great structure. Lots of flavor and focus at the finish. Needs five to six years to finish. Drink in 2024. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is ample, full-bodied and rich on the palate, and yet retains its explosive floral lift and brightness, two of the signatures that are such calling cards of Barolos from this Monforte site. A rush of sweet red cherry, blood orange, chalk, mint and rose petal build in a super-expressive Barolo that hits so many high notes effortlessly. The Gavarini Chiniera is one of the wines of the vintage. Don't miss it. Drink 2025-2045. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Gianluca Grasso did not make this wine in 2014, but in 2015, he found the vintage he was looking for. The 2015 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is perfectly wonderful. The wine combines power with elegance, showing long determination as it wraps smoothly over the palate. The mature tannins are well integrated within a profound, ripe and round quality of dark fruit. That juicy and succulent core shows graceful notes of violet, licorice, cola, moist earth and white truffle. Grasso knew that this would be a great vintage and he nailed it. Drink 2022-2045. (ML) Inner quote mark (6/2019)


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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2019 | Send Email
Gianluca Grasso's Gavarini Chinieri is generally the more elegant and approachable of his single vineyard Barolo offerings, especially in warm vintages like 2015 (as there is more sand at this site which allows for more drainage and riper, more elegant fruit). It's impressive and accessible now yet will reward with some time in the cellar. Gianluca eschews travel whenever possible as he favors tending his vineyards and the results are more than evident.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2019 | Send Email
Exquisite in every way, the Gavarini Chiniera speaks with voluminous fruit that is tempered by the structure of this classically built wine. It is supple and rich and almost decadent -- for Barolo. The palate is sumptuous and should reward patience. I wouldn't mind showing this beauty off right now.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2019 | Send Email
To my taste, this bottling comes across as the most traditional, old-school of the two cru Grasso Barolos we’re offering. You pick up a hint of dusty cellar, red and black cherries, wet stone, and a hint of umami. Your palate is embraced by polished yet firm tannins. Each sip begets another and keeps you focused on the broad panoply of wild complex flavors. I adore this wine.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
If you haven’t read the glowing review I wrote about Elio Grasso’s glorious 2015 Barolo Ginestra “Casa Maté,” you should. Yet with as many magnificent things that I wrote about it, and rightfully so, it was sooo obvious that, given all of the power, depth and longevity in the Ginestra, it is not quite as much as in the Gavarini. This wine just reeks of Barolo. It has a similar aromatic profile to the Ginestra, but every portion of it is saturated, deeper, with an added layer of complexity at every turn, yet it has more of the tar and roses character to it, the traditional Barolo profile. On the palate you can feel more intensity and structure but it still doesn’t come across as rigid or grippy; the tannins are still sweet, yet they’ve intensified. The same is true of the flavors. Everything here is just intensified, there’s just more there there. Buy one and drink it now and drop a bunch in the cellar--this wine is stunningly good.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
This is a wine that shows well right out of the gates, but also turns into something truly special given (more than) a few hours in the decanter. Bright pure red fruits and florals on the nose lead to a palate with exceptional purity, focused red fruit, and grippy, mouthcoating tannin. This is the kind of wine that begs for another sip and has undeniable pedigree and refinement in 2015.

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