Barolo
Elio Altare

Barolo, 2020


Destination

vintage


En primeur

En Primeur
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2020

6x75cl

EP

£275.00


2020

6x75cl

EP

£275.00


2020

1x1.5L

EP

£100.00


2020

1x1.5L

EP

£100.00



Elio Altare, Barolo, 2020

2020

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Elio Altare, Barolo, 2020

Super stylish, fragrant and detailed with vivifying red fruits and salts. Finely carved with touches of iodine and citrus. The blend this year includes 15% Cerretta which may account for the enhanced minerality and sapidity. Accompanying is Sarmassa (a plot on the border with Le Liste, in the Barolo commune), Pernano in Castiglione Falletto and Bricco Ambrogio in Roddi. Aged for two years in neutral barrique.

ABV:
13%
92/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous

The 2020 Barolo is a classy, elegant wine, benefitting from the addition of the best lots of Cerretta, which was not bottled in 2020. Muscular, incisive tannins wrap around a core of dark red fruit, cedar, mint, tobacco and spice. Rich and explosive, yet also medium in body, the 2020 is terrific. Vineyard sites are Sarmassa, Pernanno, Bricco Ambrogio and Cerretta. The Altare straight Barolo remains one of the unheralded stars in Piedmont, even after all these years.
Date Reviewed:
01/2024

specifications

country:
Italy

region:
Piedmont

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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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