The latest wine to be added to the Ca’ del Baio line up
From the most important vineyard of the estate, the Asili Cru, this Riserva is produced with the best Nebbiolo grapes and will only be made in exceptional vintages.
2011 is the first release, arriving soon in the USA.
Valentina Grasso (Giulio’s second daughter), who is assuming the head winemaker position for the family, has employed Burgundian techniques learned during her stint at De Montille. The wine sees an extended maceration (until the end of November) and fermentation in stainless steel tanks in the absence of oxygen for a long, slow extraction of color, tannins and phenols. It is then aged 36 months in 2nd and 3rd year tonneaux (500L French oak barrels) and rests an additional 12 months in the bottle.
The ageing potential is very long and the best time to enjoy this wine is after 15-20 years from the vintage.
After a visit to Ca’ del Baio, before the release of the 2011 Riserva, Antonio Galloni rated this wine 95+ points calling it “an absolute stunner”!
For Giulio Grasso, this Asili vineyard is the family’s most prized property. Asili is not just a wine or piece of land, it is a Grasso family legacy.
Cà del Baio owns Asili cru since 1920.
“We are the biggest owners of Asili hill together with Bruno Giacosa. – explains Giulio. – Our ownership starts from south west (near Cru Pora), to the bricco, and ends to south east close to Rabajà. For Asili we choose just the part of the “bricco” (the top of the hill), exactly where there are the oldest plants”.
“We are really proud and attached to this hill. It was my grandmother’s property. Our estate’s most precious vineyard, this 3 hectare cru, was a wedding dowry from my grandmother from Barbaresco to my grandfather who was from Treiso. It has been in our family since the beginning”.
Considering that the Grasso family started bottling in the ’50s, their Asili vineyard was there well before.
What is a Cru? The word “Cru” indicates a specifically delineated vineyard or tract of vineyard land with particular characteristics, originality and quality. A Cru generally enjoys favorable conditions which can include exposure, micro-climate and soil type.
“Asili is the most representative cru in Barbaresco – continues Giulio – it has a wonderful south-west exposition, and it is known world-wide. Its Barbarescos are elegant and have an extreme finesse that evolves even more in ageing, expressing a precious and rare person”