From: Piedmont, Italy
Tasting Notes: A rich, cherry- and floral-scented red, effusive in aroma, with the core of cherry prevailing on the palate. Though fleshy, this gives way to firm tannins that line the lingering aftertaste. Inviting and full of energy, so decant now or wait.
Ca’ del Baio exudes a sense of youthfulness – probably helped along by Giulio Grasso’s three energetic daughters: Paola, Valentina, and Federica. The Azienda itself is not so young – four generations of winegrowers going back to Luigi Grasso, the great-grandfather of the youngest generation. Proud parents, Giulio and his wife Luciana have even more to be proud of, as their modern, 25-hectare estate is producing some very fine Barbaresco and a range of other wines that leave the competition struggling to catch up. The entire range has a sense of verve, freshness, and vitality that can’t fail to impress the taster. Giulio himself was recognized as "Viticoltore dell'anno" - Winemaker of the Year - by Italy's famed Gambero Rosso (March 2016). An incredible achievement for this humble man. They had this to say: “Giulio Grasso – founder of Ca’ del Baio winery – is an authentic grape-grower, a man who lives the rhythms of nature and countryside practically in symbiosis with his vineyards. Although his productions range from red white wines to red of the territory, it is nevertheless his Barbaresco wines from the Pora, Asili, and Vallegrande crus that most deeply represent him, and above all, his ties to his land. He is transmitting these values to his daughters Paola, Valentina, and Federica, who work with him in the winery.” The family’s home and cantina are situated in Treiso. The cru Barbaresco vineyard holdings are divided among Treiso (Valgrande and Marcarini) and Barbaresco proper (Asili and Pora). Of the 25 or so hectares owned by the family, about 17 are in Treiso and the rest are in Barbaresco. Calcareous Marl predominates the soils; in some expositions, they appear almost as white as snow thanks to all the lime and calcareous material present in the soils.
95 Points -Wine Spectator
94 Points -Vinous
94 Points -Wine Enthusiast
92 Points -Wine Advocate
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