Elio Altare 2015 Barolo Riserva, Cerretta Vigna Bricco, DOCG

Elio Altare 2015 Barolo Riserva, Cerretta Vigna Bricco, DOCG

Item Number: 16058

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Barolo DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Cerretta
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sandstone, limestone, and chalk

Barolo Subregion: Serralunga d'Alba
Vine Age: 20 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.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (6/17/2021)

    The 2015 Barolo Riserva Cerretta Vigna Bricco is a bold and amply fleshed out expression with dried cherry, blackberry preserves, prune and more dried fruit at the back. The wine carries a 15% alcohol content, but in the case of this sunny and hot 2015 vintage, I feel that the fruit is more dried out as a result. With fruit from Serralunga d'Alba, you get a lot of brawn and muscle, with background tones of red brick and iron ore.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 95 (2/1/2019)

    The 2015 Barolo Riserva Cerretta Vigna Bricco is a dark, powerful wine that expresses the depth and gravitas of Serralunga in spades. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, new leather, licorice and menthol all add to an impression of power and gravitas. Ample and creamy in feel, the 2015 has a lot to offer. This is the first vintage in which the Cerretta will be released as a Riserva, although in reality the wine has always been sold with the bottle age needed to qualify as a Riserva. In other words, the wine itself is unchanged from previous editions.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 97 (4/30/2022)

    A bright beam of cherry runs through this silky red, flanked by raspberry, rose, spice and mineral notes. Finely woven and harmonious, with a solid line of refined tannins underneath. It all comes together on the long, fruit-, spice-, mineral-infused aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2045. 150 cases imported to the USA.