Elio Altare 2016 'L'Insieme' Vino Rosso
Item Number: 12881
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Vino Rosso
Grape(s): Red Blend
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Case Production: 250
About L'Insieme: The L’Insieme association is a wine growers initiative and charitable organization founded in 1997 by Elio Altare. Elio’s initial inspiration was to raise money for the preservation of historical sites in his native Piedmont. This idea evolved into a global outreach.
Today, the group consists of seven producers: Elio Altare, Mauro Veglio, Federico Grasso, Giuliano Corino, Carlo and Lorenzo Revello, Gianfranco Alessandria and Paolo and Giulio Morando. Five of the wineries are located in La Morra, six in Barolo producing zones. The Morando brothers of the La Morandina estate in Castiglione Tinella are the lone representatives of Asti. From the early 2000s to today, the L'Insieme group has funded hundreds of local and international projects for a total sum of over half a million euros.
Beyond their motivation to help others, what unites them is a shared sensibility about wine and farming. They follow rigorous pruning and canopy management, the once controversial and now nearly universal practice of green harvesting, and the elimination of chemical and synthetic fertilizers (organic farming is a communal effort and cannot be accomplished by one grower alone). The result is extremely low yields far below the standard of the appellation. In the cellar, maceration’s vary from modern to classic. The use of barrique is common but not ubiquitous. Many of the members of L’Insieme were inspired by Elio Altare to bottle their own estate wines and to implement quality focused changes in their vineyards and cellars.
Vinification: The grapes are harvested by hand. Maceration occurs on the skins for about 3 to 5 days in rotary fermenters with temperature control. 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. It is important to note that each producer chooses the vines to be assembled and the vinification techniques. Each winery releases its own distinct cuvée. For all, it is imperative that L'Insieme represent the finest wines of the vintage with only the best grapes and best barrels going into the wine.
Grapes: Insieme means together in Italian. In this context, it has two connotations. Growers working together for a common cause and the blending of native grapes (Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto) with international grapes (Cabernet, Melot, and Pinot Noir). The blending of the regional classics with the international luminaries is symbolic of the need for humanitarian relief which transcends cultural boundaries.