Elio Altare 2015 Barolo, Cannubi, DOCG

Elio Altare 2015 Barolo, Cannubi, DOCG

Item Number: 13588

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Piedmont
Appellation/AVA: Barolo DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Cannubi Vineyard
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: Marna with clay and sand
Case Production: 250

Barolo Subregion: Barolo
Vine Age: About 30 years old; Silvia rents 0.25 hectares of vines; farming is organic and done by the Altare team

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.

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.

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."

96pts (2016 Vintage) Vinous 2/13/2020
"The 2016 Barolo Cannubi is a powerful, structured wine that is going to need time to come into its own. Cannubi Barolos are often seductive when young, but Altare's 2016 has quite a bit of tannin that needs time to soften. Even so, all the elements are wonderfully balanced. Kirsch, sweet tobacco, menthol, licorice and dried flowers infuse the 2016 with striking layers of nuance."


  • Vinous
    Rating: 95 (2/15/2019)

    The 2015 Barolo Cannubi is another stellar wine in this range. One of the more closed wines in the lineup, the Cannubi is going to need the better part of a decade to start coming into its own. Today, it is dense, powerful and full of energy, and yet there is a purity to the fruit that represents the purest essence of what Cannubi is all about. There is certainly a lot to look forward to here.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (6/28/2019)

    The first vintage of this wine was 2011. The Altare family leased one-fourth of a hectare in this celebrated vineyard cru, and the contract expires (or will hopefully be renewed) in 2024. The 2015 Barolo Cannubi is a gorgeous wine with a real glossy shine and bright quality that transcends the wine's appearance, bouquet and mouthfeel. There is so much volume here, and the wine covers the entire palate evenly and smoothly. In an increasing order of intensity among Altare's Barolos, this was the second to last wine we tasted.