Elio Altare 2016 'La Villa' Langhe Rosso DOC

Elio Altare 2016 'La Villa' Langhe Rosso DOC

Item Number: 12879

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Langhe DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): Barbera / Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Clay and tufa stone
Case Production: 160

Location: La Morra
Fining: None
Filtering: None
Aging: 100% new French barrique for 18 months

Tasting Notes: The 2016 La Villa has intense aromas of plums, red berries and rose petals. It has fresh fruit flavors and balanced tannins. The Barbera adds pleasant acidity. Enjoy this red wine with meat, pasta and charcuterie.

95pts (2017 Vintage) Vinous 2/13/2020
"The 2017 La Villa, Altare's Barbera/Nebbiolo blend, is another fabulous wine in this range. The 60% Barbera gives La Villa wonderful depth, darkness and volume to play off the Nebbiolo aromatics and structure. Black cherry, plum, mint, spice, licorice and new leather build into the sumptuous finish. I would prefer to cellar the 2017 for at least a few years, its considerable beauty today notwithstanding."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (6/28/2019)

    The 2016 Langhe La Villa is a blend of Nebbiolo and Barbera. This plump, rich and ripe vintage is another good choice for a cheesy pasta dish with its 15% alcohol and solid acidity. The Barbera is what gives the wine its fleshy succulence and freshness, and the Nebbiolo adds the structure and the elegance. The finished product is opulent and dense.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 95 (2/15/2019)

    The 2016 La Villa is a blend of 60% Nebbiolo and 40% Barbera, both from Arborina. In this vintage, the weight and texture of Barbera dominate, at least in the early going. Creamy and expansive on the palate, the 2015 La Villa has a lot to offer once it fully comes together. Silky and beautifully perfumed, the 2016 is already quite expressive. It will be interesting to see if time brings a bit more harmony, although the 2016 certainly seems to have a good bit of potential.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (5/31/2020)

    Opulent and oaky, broad and concentrated, offering vanilla, spice and chocolate notes. Balanced and vibrant, with a long, fruit-, spice- and tar-filled aftertaste. Drink now through 2028.