According to Gianluca Grasso, it’s all about the soil. He insists that the winemaking has minimal effect; it’s that sandy, calcareous soil of Monforte that is responsible for his world-class wines. He may be a bit humble-- it takes a steady hand to tame this wild fruit. Winemaking techniques certainly run the gamut in Barolo — from fleshy, dark, modern-style wines to more aromatically-driven, earthy, tannic examples. Often, the best wines are somewhere in the middle, and no producer in the region seems to find a better marriage of elegant aromatics and lush, powerful fruit than Gianluca and his father Elio.
The Ginestra Casa Maté is one of the top examples of Barolo to be found in Monforte d'Alba. The vineyard is at an altitude of between 300 and 350 meters with a south-facing exposition on loose packed clay-limestone soils. The wine is majestic, displaying lots of flashy flavors in youth but has the ability to age into something magnificent. This is truly one of the great Barolo wines made in the region today.
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