Barolo, Cerretta, Vigna Bricco
Elio Altare

Barolo, Cerretta, Vigna Bricco,

Destination

vintage

Elio Altare, Barolo, Cerretta, Vigna Bricco, 2010

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Elio Altare, Barolo, Cerretta, Vigna Bricco, 2010

Compact but alluringly velvety, there is enormous potential here. A great Barolo that is not revealing all now, it will take time, but all the elements are there. The balance is impeccable and the flavours effortless. Dark fruit, liquorice and mineral-smacked. Long, layered, powerful but slick.A fine Serralunga vineyard produced for the first time by Altare in the 2006 vintage, Cerretta is made and aged the same way as the estate's other Barolos, 24 months in a third new oak but with an extra two years bottle age before release. Less than 5,000 bottles are made a year.

Maturity:
Keep
ABV:
15%
96/100
Susan Hulme, The Wine Independent
The 2018 Elio Altare Barolo Riserva Cerretta Vigna Bricco is from Serralunga d'Alba. It has aromas of sweet tobacco, mixed sweet spice and wild flowers with a blue flower note. This is followed by a beautiful, velvety, seductive texture, sandy-textured tannins and mouth-watering acidity with a savory, lingering finish. It is very, very appealing. Keep for two to three, drink for up to 25-30 years.
Date Reviewed:
07/2022
95/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2018 Barolo Riserva Cerretta Vigna Bricco is a big, powerful wine that shows all the breadth of Serralunga. Black cherry, smoke, tobacco, gravel, licorice and incense open to reveal a Barolo of tremendous depth and resonance. The Cerretta obviously stands out in this range because of its size, but it all works so well. The 2018 is still coming together nicely. It holds tremendous promise.
Date Reviewed:
02/2022

specifications

country:
Italy
region:
Piedmont
Appellation:
Producer:
Elio Altare
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Allergen Information:
This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.
Elio Altare

Elio Altare

Elio has done Piedmont wines a great service over the last two decades. Not only has the outstanding quality of his delightful ‘La Morra’ Barolo wines raised Piedmont’s profile, but he has taken many younger growers, such as Marco Marengo, under his wing giving them advice and instilling confidence in them to make and bottle their own wines. Elio’s production of modern style Burgundy-influenced Barolos is, alas, miniature, meaning many of the Cru Barolos sell out before they even reach our list. Always experimenting and looking to perfect his art, Elio makes some stunning wine outside of his strong Barolo portfolio, including the old vines single vineyard Larigi Barbera and the Barbera Nebbiolo blend, La Villa. As Elio steps ever closer to full retirement, his talented daughter Silvia has taken greater control of wine production, carrying on the estate's concept of producing "modern classics." One of Silvia's recent initiatives was to produce the uno per uno cuvée, a staggeringly labour intense wine produced by cutting berries (selecting from the estate's best plots) off of their stalks for whole berry fermentation. The result is one of the modern day greats of Barolo. Their flagship wine, the Barolo blend, undergoes a short fermentation of up to a week, followed by ageing in used oak barriques for 2 years, the same method applies to the Cru Barolos apart from the fact that there is some new oak - anything up to 30%. The langhe wines are all aged for a shorter time, 12-6 months, in 100% new oak. Despite these modern methods oak or alcohol are not at all the feature of these wines you'd expect. Rather they are packed with vivid character, offer silky textures and are some of the most intense wines Piedmont has to offer. Viticulture is organic and sulphur usuage is incredibly low. These are some of the most honest, pure and environmentally friendly wines in the region.

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