Elio Grasso Langhe Chardonnay Educato 2016
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First produced in 1990, Elio Grasso's Langhe Chardonnay "Educato" highlights the potential for international varietals in Monforte d'Alba. The "fantasy name" refers to Elio Grasso's attempt to understand and learn from a grape variety that is not native to Piedmont. Grown on the loose, sandy, limestone-based soils at the highest point of the vineyards, the relatively brief period in oak allows for richness without overwhelming the acids. Supple, ripe tree fruit and a core of bright acid are reinforced by luscious honey, fig and toasted nut aromatics.