Elio Altare 2015 Barolo, Arborina, DOCG
Item Number: 13587
Sub Region: Piedmont
Appellation/AVA: Barolo DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Arborina
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Marna stone with clay and sand
Case Production: 1,000
Vineyard Notes: Arborina is the Altare family vineyard that is located right outside their winery and home in La Morra. One Nebbiolo parcel was planted in 1948 by grandpa Giovanni, while another was planted in 1989. 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.
Vinification Notes: The Nebbiolo macerates on the skins for approximately 4-5 days in rotary fermenters with temperature control. The wine ages for 24 months in a mix of new and neutral French barriques. 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.
Tasting Notes: The Arborina Barolo has expressive aromatics that lean floral on the nose. It has a more tannic backbone, more power than the regular Barolo. This wine has great energy and will age well.
Vintage Notes: 2015 is a radiant vintage, deep and rich in flavor. We have every reason to think that Barolo 2015 represents one of the greatest vintages of the past years.
Vintage Notes by Vinous, Antonio Galloni 2/15/2019
While 2015 is clearly a mixed vintage, in any other previous era there is little doubt it would have been considered outstanding. Readers will find a number of dazzling 2015s, even if quality is uneven across the board. More importantly, though, the number of young growers and re-born older estates making compelling wines is greater than at any time since I first visited Piedmont in 1997...I generally advise Vinous readers to focus on producer above all else. Two thousand fifteen is a perfect vintage to see why that approach makes sense. That's not to say there aren't highlights in 2015. There most certainly are. Roberto Conterno, Fabio Alessandria at Burlotto, Gianluca Grasso, Silvia Altare, Luciano Sandrone and Maria Teresa Mascarello are among the producers who crafted exquisite wines.
This is a tremendous set of wines from Silvia Altare. The 2016s show just how promising that vintage is, while the 2015 Barolos are among the finest wines of the year. Readers are going to have a very hard time choosing among these wines, but that is a first-class problem. Frankly, I would be thrilled to own any of them."