e were able to sore some ex-cellar bottles of Gavarini Chiniera from the excellent 2013 vintage. These were released a few years back and were one of the hot sellers of the vintage with incredible notes across the board, and we get close to the original release pricing here on some of the only bottles available in the country right now. Located in Monforte d'Alba, Elio Grasso covers 42 hectares of land in what is now a world heritage site, with 18 hectares devoted to vines and the remaining forests and meadows. Elio Grasso decided in the 80s to vinify all of their vineyards separately, and that is when Gabarini Chiniera was born. From vineyards planted in 1978, Gavarini Chiniera is one of Elio Grasso's best wines, and in 2013 one of the wines of the vintage from this address just a hair behind the Runcot, which is three times the price. Gavarini Chiniera is a south-facing vineyard at over 1,000 feet of elevation planted on moderately loose-packed and slightly sandy limestone. Fruit is hand-harvested with fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel, before again in 25-hectolitre Slavonian oak barrels. 2013 was a fantastic vintage for Piedmonte, and the wines have excellent ripe fruit with incredible structure and powerful, very elegant and aromatically expressive. The 2013 Gavarini Chiniera is a wine that could be enjoyed now but isn't cellar shy and will continue to develop for years to come.
Antonio Galloni 96 points! "The 2013 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is much showier than the Ginestra Casa Matè. An ample, resonant Barolo, the Gavarini Chiniera exudes richness from the get-go. Macerated cherry, kirsch, wild flowers and mint are some of the many notes that are laced together. Ripe, silky tannins add to the wine's considerable raciness. I am somewhat surprised by how well this gorgeous wine is showing today. (Drink between 2023-2043)"
James Suckling 96 points! "Beautiful aromas of tar, roses and berries follow through to a full body, soft and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Tight and focused. Fantastic wine. Drink or hold for many years ahead"
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 95 points! "The 2013 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera stands apart in this tasting of Elio Grasso's new releases. The fruit portrayed shows a very crisp and focused quality. It absolutely pops from the glass with brilliant sharpness. Gianluca Grasso tells me lab reports confirm the higher acidic tenor of the wine, although this is not necessarily perceived acidity that you taste. Aromas of wild berry, balsam herb, licorice and smoke emerge delicately from the bouquet. The wine's mouthfeel evokes a profound sense of elegance thanks to those noble tannins and its silky texture."