Barolo, Cannubi, 2011

  Elio Altare

As one door opens, another closes. Just as the Altares' share-cropping agreement for Brunate ends, they reach a deal to lease some well placed vines in the original part of Cannubi. This is made in the same way as the Brunate, short fermentation and maceration followed by 24 months in 30% new oak barriques but the wines are poles apart in style. The 2011 Cannubi bursts with open, headily perfumed floral ripe fruit - offering notes such as kirsch and garriguette strawberries. The palate is dominated by silky, sweet, intense red fruit flavours mixed with touches of tea leaf and fresh cut flower. More extroverted, voluptuous and forward than the Brunate, a wine of infinite pleasure. 1500 bottles were made.

Contains Sulphites.

About 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 confi dence 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 is taking greater control of wine production. Their flagship wine, Barolo, 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 are aged in anything up to 30% new oak. 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'de expect. Rather they are packed with vivid character, offer silky textures and are some of the most intense wines Piedmont has to offer.

Appellation: Barolo

Barolo is greatest, most intense and expressive display of the Northern Italian grape variety Nebbiolo. The name is given to bottles from the Piedmont area, made exclusively from Nebbiolo, and coming from the five core towns of Barolo, La Morra, Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte d'Alba, along with certain other peripherary villages. The wines offer power, aromatics and longevity that is almost unmatched elsewhere in Italy, perhaps the world. Top, forward thinking producers have pushed huge changes in the winemaking culture of the area, and as a result finer, purer Barolo is being produced than ever before.