Elio Altare 2017 Langhe Rosso, Larigi, DOC
Item Number: 15342
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Langhe DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Larigi
Grape(s): 100% Barbera
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 16
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Clay and sand
Case Production: 160
Elio Altare first experimented with French oak on the Barbera grapes from their estate Larigi parcel in La Morra. Elio named the wine Langhe Rosso instead of Barbera d'Alba because using barrique at the time (late 1970s) was revolutionary. People wouldn't have understood the wine if labeled Barbera d'Alba. Today, this tradition continues with the wine named simply Langhe Rosso, Larigi.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are harvested by hand. The grapes macerate with their skins at a controlled temperature in rotary fermenters for 3-4 days. The wine ages in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months. 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.
Vineyard Notes: Larigi was planted in 1948. The Barbera vines sit at the top of the hill beside the estate home with a southern-southeastern exposure. 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.
Vintage Notes from Vinous 2/2020: "Flowering took place over just four days, which is quite fast. The entire year was warm, especially in August, which led to a harvest that was about ten days earlier than normal. As for the wines, they are positively stunning across the board. At a time when so many growers have shifted towards a more classic style, Silvia Altare told me she has no plans to change the approach that has made her family's wines so highly coveted all over the world. It's hard to argue with that, especially given how deeply personal and compelling these artisan wines are." - Antonio Galloni