Elio Altare 2013 Barolo Riserva, Cerretta Vigna Bricco, DOCG

Elio Altare 2013 Barolo Riserva, Cerretta Vigna Bricco, DOCG

Item Number: 13590

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Barolo DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Cerretta
Vintage: 2013
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sandstone, limestone and chalk
Case Production: 833-1,000

Barolo Subregion: Serralunga d'Alba
Vine Age: About 15 years old
Harvest: Manual

Vineyard Notes: Silvia Altare owns less than 1 hectare in Cerretta. 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 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: Cerretta Barolo Riserva shows mature fruit, spice, tobacco, darker fruit, leather, and licorice on the nose. The palate is warm and elegant with hints of mint and spice. Tannins are very fine. This is ideal for red meat dishes, lamb chops, and aged cheese. Cerretta always needs more aging time than her other vineyards, which is why this has been designated a Barolo Riserva.

2013 Vintage Notes: "Less grip than 2010, more freshness than 2011 and more structure than 2012 with delicate, fine tannins." - Decanter 9/2017

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (2/14/2017)

    The 2013 Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco is the most expressive of these wines today. Smooth, polished and exceptionally refined, the 2013 exudes class. Scents of lavender, violet, plum, licorice and spice notes infuse the expressive finish. Today, the Cerretta is terrific.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 96+ (6/28/2019)

    This was the last Barolo we tasted in Altare's lineup, organized by increasing measure of intensity and power, and boy what a treat it was. Harvested from this vineyard in Serralunga d'Alba on October 11, the 2013 Barolo Riserva Cerretta shows a lot of freshness and boldness. This is a gorgeous wine, tight, light and streamlined. It shows generous volume. The wine ends with lasting notes of earth, iron rust and dusty marble. The tannins are solid and complete. Great job!