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2008 Elio Grasso - Barolo Runcot Riserva

ITALY / PIEDMONT /
  • 97 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 99 JS
  • Variety
    Nebbiolo
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SKU: 126863-2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Racy and harmonious, this red displays vanilla- and toast-shaded cherry, berry and licorice flavors. An intense version that should be approachable soon, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit and spice. Best from 2016 through 2028. 600 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2028
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    The 2008 Barolo Riserva Runcot is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Smoke, tar, licorice, menthol, plums and spices form a tapestry of undeniable class. The sweet, perfumed fruit typical of the 2008s here is evident in the glass. A rich, sumptuous wine, the 2008 Runcot is fabulous. The 2008 spent 45 months in new French oak, all of which it has handled with superb grace. Even though the Runcot is one of the few Barolos that handles new French oak this well, once again I wonder what it might taste like if aged like the rest of the Grasso Barolos. Dark red/black fruit, spices, new leather and smoke add the last nuances of complexity.
    Drink Dates: 2018-2038
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The 2008 Barolo Riserva Runcot is an exceptional wine that is only made in the best years. It was produced in 2008, 2010 and 2013. The wine undergoes a 40-day maceration time with four years in oak and one more year of bottle aging. The results are sublime and generous. Riserva Runcot opens to a beautifully tempered and expressive bouquet that exhibits elements of wild berry, forest floor, candied fruit, licorice, cola and dried ginger. The balsamic signature is particularly beautiful and elegant. Smooth and silky tannins denote the mouthfeel and carry the wine forward over the palate. This is one of the top releases from Piedmont this year.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2040
    Author: Monica Larner
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 99

    This is an absolutely fabulous red, with incredible concentration but polish and refinement. It's full-bodied, with wonderful depth of fruit and length. Complex, with minerals, dark fruits, plums and currants. Speechless. It sends chills up my spine. What a wine. It goes on for minutes. Hard to believe that it's better than the 2007, but it is. Better in 2020 but so amazing now. Available in February 2015.
    Author: James Suckling
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  • Collector Data For This Wine

    • 695 bottles owned
    • 66 collectors