Wine Advocate 89 points - Federico Grasso’s 2005 Pi Vigne is the entry-level Barolo made from the estate’s younger vines. Super-ripe red cherries, flowers and menthol emerge from this surprisingly firm, concentrated Barolo. The wine reveals terrific length although some rough edges linger on the finish. Another year or so of bottle age should help the Pi Vigne come around nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. (Apr 2009)
Wine Spectator 94 points - Aromas of plum, prune and bark turn to raisin. Full-bodied, chewy and powerful, with big tannins and lots of concentration. Best after 2012. (Sep 30 2009)
The vineyard whence come the grapes used to make the Pi Vigne was planted in 1980 in typical Piedmontese calcarous-clayey soil. They face south-west, providing optimal evening sun. After harvest the grapes were macerated on the skinds for 6-7 days in stainless steel tanks, resulting in a typical garnet red color. The nose, too, is typical of Barolo, with ethereal notes of red fruit jam and aromatic herbs. The toasty aromas come from the French oak barriques where the wine spends 24 months maturing before bottling. Another 24 months spent in the cellar before release allowed the wine to continue maturing: on the palate it is dry and supple, with a good finish. 14% ABV gives the wine full body, while low acidity and evident tannins contribute to its overall structure.
Plum, leather and licorice flavors are supported by firm tannins in this medium-bodied red. Nicely balanced, with a mineral and spice finish. Best from 2013 through 2027. 833 cases made.
Score: 90. óBruce Sanderson, February 28, 2011.
|The Grasso family have been making wine since 1927, but have only been bottling all their production since the mid - 1980s, when Alessio Federico took over from his father Silvio.
The total vineyard surface area is 14 hectares; 6 estate are owned and 8 are leased. Federico Grasso is backed by his wife Marilena and by his sons Silvio and Paolo.