Elio Altare 2017 Langhe Rosso, Larigi, DOC

Elio Altare 2017 Langhe Rosso, Larigi, DOC

Item Number: 15342

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Langhe DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Larigi
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Barbera
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
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

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (2/13/2020)

    The 2017 Larigi is silky, perfumed and gracious. Bright floral notes and red berry fruit are front and center in this super-appealing, mid-weight Larigi. The 2017 is wonderfully finessed and nuanced. As always, Larigi needs time in bottle to be at its most expressive; today, the 2017 is primary and fruity. Cellaring is essential.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (7/23/2020)

    Larigi is a historic family vineyard in La Morra planted to the Barbera grape. The Elio Altare 2017 Langhe Larigi pours from the bottle with a darkly saturated appearance and bold aromatic intensity. The hot vintage underlines aromas of blackberry preserves, candied cherry, cola and scorched earth. The wine rests in new oak for 18 months, so you get plenty of integrated smoke, tar and spice as well. The alcohol content is 16%, one of the highest measures I have seen in this report. You hardly feel it whatsoever because the wine offers terrific overall balance despite all that natural richness and opulence.