Elio Altare




    Elio Altare, Barolo, 2015

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Elio Altare, Barolo, 2015

    A herculean effort. The Altares produced only 4000 bottles as opposed to the usual 12,000. A ravishing Barolo with a Pinot-like beauty and precision yet with the body and strength that give away its Piedmontese origins. Resplendent red fruit bursts from the glass, notes of alpine strawberry and red cherry, intense but lithe and charming, so persistent and mouth-watering. A blend of fruit from Serralunga, Castiglione and la Morra. Aged for 24 months in 20 percent new oak.

    Susan Hulme, The Wine Independent
    On the palate, the 2017 Elio Atare Barolo has a very round, soft, full and velvety first impression. The tannins are quite fine and nicely integrated into the body of the wine but are a little dry on the finish which is often the case in 2017, but here they give just a little grip. The aromas and flavors are more smoky, spicy with meaty notes. The wine feels big and bold but with no hard edges and the 15% alcohol is not intrusive. Wait two to three years and drink for up to 20 years.
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    Antonio Galloni, Vinous
    The 2017 Barolo is absolutely impeccable and shows why Altare remains at the top of the pack. Silky, aromatic and alluring, the 2017 is exquisitely beautiful. It is a bit lighter in body than usual, but that is very much in keeping with the style of the year. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries and rose petal grace the silky finish. The straight Barolo isa blend of sites in La Morra, Castiglione Falletto and Novello.
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    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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