Elio Altare 2015 'Unoperuno' Barolo DOCG

Elio Altare 2015 'Unoperuno' Barolo DOCG

Item Number: 13589

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Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Barolo DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 250

Uno per uno, meaning one by one, is an incredible wine produced from Nebbiolo grapes that have literally been destemmed by hand one berry at a time. Pure Nebbiolo - no stems, no leaves, no bugs, no ugly berries - goes into the maceration tank for fermentation. This process takes a long time, and many think they are crazy to make this wine, but the result is a delicious wine of bright fruit, great complexity, soft and silky tannin yet still a good grip, and some spice on the finish. Unoperuno Barolo offers enormous pleasure.

Winemaking Notes: All the vineyards are farmed organically. Copper and copper sulfate are only used if necessary. Organic cow manure from their mountain cows is used to fertilize the vines. 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.

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. In 2015, Unoperuno consists of Nebbiolo grapes from all the crus Altare farms.

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."

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (2/15/2019)

    The 2015 Barolo Unoperuno represents a departure from prior years in that the wine is now a blend from various sites as opposed to being sourced solely from Arborina, as it was in its first vintages. Silky and yet also generous on the palate, with super-polished tannins, the 2015 simply has it all. Blood orange, star anise and cinnamon add attractive aromatic top notes to this ethereal, exotic Barolo. The 2015 is a blend from Cannubi, Cerretta, Sarmassa Arborina and Pernanno.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (6/28/2019)

    This wine is the result of a meticulous destemming process in which the grapes are removed one by one, or "uno per uno," from the stems. In the past, this wine saw fruit sourced from only the Arborina vineyard in La Morra, but starting with this release, the 2015 Barolo Unoperuno represents a blend of fruit, although the specific vineyard parcels are not defined. Elio Altare calls it a "Barolo with a cru base." This is a beautiful wine, and the tannins are well integrated. It shows the pureness of the variety, a very silky and bright expression that is fresh and streamlined. It would be well accompanied by a delicate porcini risotto.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 95 (1/31/2020)

    This has plenty of punch and a velvety texture. Cherry, plum, licorice and tar flavors are beautifully integrated with the round tannins and bright acidity. A hint of mint graces the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2045.