Elio Altare 2015 Langhe Rosso, Larigi, DOC

Elio Altare 2015 Langhe Rosso, Larigi, DOC

Item Number: 11608

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Langhe DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Larigi
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Barbera
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 416

Elio Altare first experimented with French oak on the Barbera grapes from their estate Larigi parcel in La Morra. Elio named the wine Langhe Rosso instead of Barbera d'Alba because using barrique at the time (late 1970s) was revolutionary. People wouldn't have understood the wine if labeled Barbera d'Alba. Today this tradition continues with the wine named simply Langhe Rosso, Larigi.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes are harvested by hand. The grapes macerate with their skins at a controlled temperature in rotary fermenters for 3-4 days. The wine ages in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months. Fermentation occurs naturally with indigenous yeast as does the malolactic fermentation. The wine is not fined, filtered, or clarified. No substances that could modify the color or the structure of the wine is ever used.

Vineyard Notes: Larigi was planted in 1948. The Barbera vines sit at the top of the hill beside the estate home with a southern-southeastern exposure. Farming is organic. Silvia only uses copper and copper sulfate if strictly necessary. Organic cow manure from their mountain cows is used to fertilize the vines.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (6/29/2018)

    Here is a generous and jubilant expression of 100% Barbera. The 2015 Langhe Larigi opens to a dark and succulent inner core of black fruit, dried blackberry, crushed granite and smoky spice. This wine is refined in new oak to gain extra structure and more spicy flavors. The mouthfeel is thick but velvety. There is a note of sweetness on the finish. Only 2,500 bottles were produced.