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
The 2018 Elio Altare Barolo is very fragrant, with hints of crushed iris, meadow flowers and spices. This is followed by oak spice, nutmeg and cinnamon notes. Comparing this with the 2017, I like the 2018 much better. The tannins are even finer and less dry and there is a nice, pleasing freshness and juiciness on the finish. The wine feels less heavy and dense than the 2017 and so it flows pleasantly and easily across the palate. Wait one to two years, drink for up 15-20.
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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2018 Barolo is a gorgeous entry-level wine. Actually, it is an entry-level wine just in name. Racy and pliant, with terrific purity and fine balance, the 2018 is positively stellar. Crushed red berry fruit, flowers, mint, licorice and rose petal flesh out in this gorgeous, captivating Barolo from the Altare family. Vineyard sites are Sarmassa, Badarina 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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