3-PK CRUS; Vallegrande, Giacosa-Spessa, & San Stunet
That's $44.98 per bottle! A steal for good Barbaresco.
AND ONE OF THE GREATEST VINTAGES EVER IN BARBARESCO
Bottle #1) Grasso Fratelli 2016 Barbaresco "Vallegrande"
Vallegrande, translates to "big valley", It is a 4 hectare, dry farmed-non irrigated vineyard site planted in 1970, with an elevation between 1,000-1,200 feet. Plots have east-west exposure with the classic blue marl & limestone soils.
NOTES: Very fine rusty/ruby colored reflections with aromas of rose, wild violets, crushed red cherry, sweet red currants, baking spices and brambly underbrushy-forest notes. Complex, fine and delicious.
Bottle #2) Grasso Fratelli 2016 Barbaresco "Giacosa Spessa"
Prior to 2008, this CRU was Bricco Spessa (The Thick Brick), but since there are a many vineyards named “Bricco,” meaning hill- top or hill-crown in Piedmontese, the name was officially changed to Giacosa. Spessa was kept on the bottle in honor of its original name.
The Giacosa Spessa vineyard imparts more richness and strength to the wine due to the steepness of this parcel. A 2 hectare plot between 1150--1350 ft. A steep southern exposure of thin topsoil with white marl of St. Agata limestone provides wines with more muscularity and a streak of fine minerality. Aromas of darker cherry, ripe plum and wild berry combine with exotic notes of sandalwood and mahogany wood. The limestone soils give a fine thread of minerality here as well.
Bottle #3) Grasso Fratelli 2016 Barbaresco "San Stunet"
San Stunet is Piedmontese dialect for Santo Stefano, (Saint Stephen) recognized as a very important Barbaresco site one one of the tallest hills of the region. The vineyard overlaps the areas of Trieso and Barbaresco (township)