2001 Elio Grasso, Barolo, Ginestra, Vigna Case Mate (RT95) Also bought on release and stored in the cellars of Mount Nebbiolo since, here the aromatic delivery is convincingly fresh, youthful, and just now turning the corner into early tertiary maturity. The bouquet delivers a blend of Marasca cherry, red raspberry compote, cranberry, notes of wild herbs and a fist-full of crushed limestone. Did I mention this showed young for being 21 years of age? Impressively so. The palate coats the mouth with delicious, ripe fruit, refreshing acidity and finishes with sweet, ripe tannins. This is a beautiful expression of Monforte d’Alba mineral-driven Barolo and has its best drinking ahead. Better than any of the previous bottles I’ve opened of this vintage Case Mate. Drink 2024-2036+