Barolo, Uno Per Uno
    Elio Altare

    Barolo, Uno Per Uno,

    Destination

    vintage

    Elio Altare, Barolo, Uno Per Uno, 2012

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Elio Altare, Barolo, Uno Per Uno, 2012

    The first vintage of this was 2011 and the Altares may regret ever making this, it’s so good they did not, and will not, get away with it being a one-off. The wine gives as much pleasure as it gave the Altare family pain to make. This is a selection of the top grapes within the Arborina vineyard - destalked berry by berry, hence the wine's name "Uno per Uno," meaning each berry was picked "One by One." This method avoids crushing and keeps berries intact giving great finesse to the tannins and precision to the fruit. Four barrels were made, less than 100 cases. Compared to the Barolo Arborina, this is more velvety and textured, very different in profile. Smooth caressing and sensual with great complexity. Notes of dried fruit, cherries, forest berries and blueberries. Silky, floral with very pretty fruit character and a savoury sappy, saline and spice touch.

    Maturity:
    Keep/Drink
    ABV:
    14.5%
    94/100
    Antonio Galloni, Vinous
    The 2012 Barolo Unoperuno is a selection from Arborina made from hand-destemmed fruit, a long, painstaking process that has a number of implications for the wine. Ripeness levels varied quite a bit from the first fruit that was brought in to the last, while some of the lots saw as much as 13 days on the skins. Deep and powerful, with more intensity than the straight Arborina, the Unoperuno offers striking nuance and plenty of textural depth, all in the finesse style that is typical of the 2012s here. This is a gorgeous showing and superb wine for the year.
    Date Reviewed:
    03/2016

    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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