Elio Altare 2017 Barolo, Arborina, DOCG

Elio Altare 2017 Barolo, Arborina, DOCG

Item Number: 16056

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Barolo DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Arborina
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Marna stone with clay and sand

Vintage Notes from Vinous February 2021: "Altare's 2017 Barolos are gorgeous, must-have wines for the year. The 2017s stand out for their exceptional balance, especially in the tannins, and that places them at the very top of the pack. Farming is meticulous, as it always is. According to Silvia Altare, 'The key to the vintage was picking early in order to maintain as much freshness as possible. We did three passes in most vineyards, so that we could capture a full spectrum of ripeness levels in the blends.'"

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 estate's regular Barolo. This wine has great energy and will age well.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (6/1/2021)

    From the Altare family's historic cru that extends from right under the panoramic platform at the main house and the tasting room, comes this homegrown and classic wine. The 2017 Barolo Arborina opens to an immediate note of bold cherry and redcurrant that is lifted and pure. That fruit intensity is followed softly by leather, sweet tobacco and crushed flowers. Arborina offers terrific intensity and smoothing textural richness that embraces the concentrated style of the vintage.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 95 (2/1/2021)

    The 2017 Barolo Arborina is creamy, ample and sensual. In 2017, the flavor profile is a bit darker than usual, but all the elements are so impeccably balanced. A wine of total harmony and class, the 2017 dazzles right from the get go. There is a bit of French oak that needs time to integrate, but that won't be an issue, as these wines have a track record of aging at least a few decades with no problems.
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 97 (5/27/2021)

    The 2017 Barolo Arborina is introspective on opening, before beginning to unfurl and release a bouquet of cassis, espresso, brushed leather, and violets. The palate is full without weight and is inviting with ripe black cherry, cocoa powder, and cedar. The tannins are fine and polished, with an undeniable luxurious quality and refinement. Hold 3-5 years and drink 2025-2050.