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    Elio Altare

    About Elio Altare

    Few producers in any region on Earth can lay claim to having had such an impact on the style of wine in the area as Elio Altare. A founding member of the “Barolo Boys” group, made world-famous by the documentary of the same name, the renown and esteem in which Barolo is rightly held around the globe is due in no small part to this man and his friends.

    A distant memory for numerous oenophiles, some may remember the standing and style of Barolo in the 1970s as drastically removed from its current status as the “King of Italian Wine”. An unknown quantity outside of its home region, Barolo was an austere, rustic and often flawed wine destined to be hidden in dark cellars for decades before its cork could even be approached. There were, of course, legendary wines from this period, but they were by all accounts few and far between, and thanks to rather blasé approaches in both the vineyard and towards winery conditions as much down to luck as skill.

    This paints a bleak picture for the emerging generation of ambitious, energetic and highly talented young winemakers in the region, greeted by the prospect of inheriting family estates comprised of overgrown vineyards, ramshackle wineries and wines which couldn’t be drunk for 20 years! Change was in the air, and following a series of trips by these youthful vignerons to the legendary Domaines and vineyards of Burgundy, a rigorous approach to vineyard management and an unrelenting pursuit of winemaking perfection came home to Barolo.

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    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Elio Altare Barolo 2013 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £570.47
    2013

    Elio Altare Barolo 2013 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (93)

    Here's a classic expression of Nebbiolo that sees fruit sourced from four vineyard sites spanning the appellation. The 2013 Barolo is a wine of beautiful intensity and grace. The bouquet reveals a layered effect in which primary fruit aromas of cherry and blackberry segue in quick succession to spice, tar, licorice and toasted hazelnut. The wine offers strength and power, especially in terms of the full and generous way it spreads clear over the palate. There is a spot of heaviness or extra density on the finish. This wine needs a year or two to iron itself out.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 3 93 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £570.47
    Elio Altare Barolo 2017 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £442.07
    2017

    Elio Altare Barolo 2017 (6x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (95)

    Layered and inviting aromatics lift from the 2017 Barolo, including kirsch, incense, and dried roses. The palate is highly refined yet also has generous fruit with a beautiful arch noted by cherry lozenge, dried apricot, and orange blossom. This is a remarkable and graceful wine from Elio Altare.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 2 95 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £442.07
    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2015 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £756.47
    2015

    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2015 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (93)

    The 2015 Barolo Arborina is soft, pretty and sensual. The warmth of the vintage has softened the typically hard young Arborina tannins, which in turn gives the wine more near-term approachability than is often the case. Floral, cedar and tobacco notes add an attractive upper register to this very pretty and nuanced Barolo from Altare.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 93 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £756.47
    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2017 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £506.87
    2017

    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2017 (6x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (97)

    The 2017 Barolo Arborina is introspective on opening, before beginning to unfurl and release a bouquet of cassis, espresso, brushed leather, and violets. The palate is full without weight and is inviting with ripe black cherry, cocoa powder, and cedar. The tannins are fine and polished, with an undeniable luxurious quality and refinement. Hold 3-5 years and drink 2025-2050.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 97 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £506.87
    Elio Altare Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco 2012 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £709.67
    2012

    Elio Altare Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco 2012 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94)

    The 2012 Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco shows the darker, more powerful side of Nebbiolo that is so typical of Serralunga. Deep, explosive and brooding in style, the 2012 offers plenty of heft and richness, along with intense color and enough structure to drink well for a number of years. Here, too, the finessed, refined personality of the vintage comes through loud and clear. Next to the best wines in this range, the Cerretta is a bit blowsy, but it makes up for some of that with its generous, enveloping personality.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £709.67
    Elio Altare Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco 2014 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £685.67
    2014

    Elio Altare Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco 2014 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94+)

    The 2014 Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco is the most successful of the 2014s from Elio Altare. Deep, powerful and resonant in the glass, it fills out its ample frame nicely. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, menthol, licorice and dark spice flesh out in an ample, textured Barolo that shows why the Barolos of Serralunga are so compelling.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 4 94+ (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £685.67
    Elio Altare Langhe Giarborina (formerly Arborina) 2015 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £384.47
    2015

    Elio Altare Langhe Giarborina (formerly Arborina) 2015 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94)

    The 2015 Langhe Giarborina, Altare's 100% Nebbiolo, exudes energy, tension and class. At this early stage, it is quite primary, which is not surprising for a young Giarborina. Readers will have to give the 2015 at least a few years in bottle to allow it to flesh out.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £384.47
    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2015 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £432.47
    2015

    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2015 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (93)

    The 2015 La Villa, Altare's Barbera/Nebbiolo blend, needs time to fully come together. The interplay of Barbera fruit with Nebbiolo aromatics and structure once again proves to be alluring. Sweet floral notes lead into cedar, anise and bright, red-toned fruits. Silky and energetic on the palate, the 2015 exudes freshness. What surprises me most is the wine's restraint, especially given the natural power of 2015.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 93 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £432.47
    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2016 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £442.07
    2016

    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2016 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (95)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 95 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £442.07
    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2018 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £432.47
    2018

    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2018 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (93)

    The Elio Altare 2018 Langhe La Villa is a blend of Barbera from Larigi and Nebbiolo from Arborina. This is a dark and saturated red wine that boasts high intensity, dark fruit, plum, soft leather, spice and sweet tobacco. This is a wine of volume and generous layering that unfolds slowly over the palate with extra richness and texture.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 2 93 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £432.47
    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2011 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £384.47
    2011

    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2011 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94)

    The 2011 Langhe Larigi wraps around the palate with dark red berries, mint, sweet spices and licorice. This is an especially silky, layered Larigi that should drink well right out of the gate. A blast of dark red cherries, raspberries and rose petals lingers on the finish. The 2011 is racy and opulent, very much in the style of the year. It should enjoy a long and broad drinking window. The 2011 has incredible purity, but it is very, very young.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £384.47
    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2016 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £421.67
    2016

    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2016 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (95+)

    Altare's 2016 Larigi is a total stunner. Rich and explosive on the palate, with tremendous fruit richness, the 2016 is positively stellar. Succulent dark cherry, plum, chocolate, spice and new leather build as this sexy Barbera shows off its super-distinctive personality. As delicious as the Larigi is today, it also needs a number of years to be at its best. Indeed, Larigi boasts one of the most impressive track records in Piedmont. The 2016 will soon take its place as one of the greatest Larigis ever made. It is every bit that special.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 95+ (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £421.67
    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2018 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £451.67
    2018

    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2018 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (93)

    The 2018 Langhe Larigi opens to rich and deeply saturated fruit. The wine shows generous tones of blackberry and syrupy crème de cassis and also imparts much of the soft, velvety texture of those fruits. This is a single-vineyard expression of Barbera from the Altare family estate in La Morra. Larigi finishes with contained alcohol (measured at 14.5%), opulence and lots of rich varietal character over the medium-bodied finish.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 2 93 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £451.67
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Elio Altare Barolo 2013 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £462.00
    2013

    Elio Altare Barolo 2013 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (93)

    Here's a classic expression of Nebbiolo that sees fruit sourced from four vineyard sites spanning the appellation. The 2013 Barolo is a wine of beautiful intensity and grace. The bouquet reveals a layered effect in which primary fruit aromas of cherry and blackberry segue in quick succession to spice, tar, licorice and toasted hazelnut. The wine offers strength and power, especially in terms of the full and generous way it spreads clear over the palate. There is a spot of heaviness or extra density on the finish. This wine needs a year or two to iron itself out.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 3 93 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £462.00
    Elio Altare Barolo 2017 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £355.00
    2017

    Elio Altare Barolo 2017 (6x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (95)

    Layered and inviting aromatics lift from the 2017 Barolo, including kirsch, incense, and dried roses. The palate is highly refined yet also has generous fruit with a beautiful arch noted by cherry lozenge, dried apricot, and orange blossom. This is a remarkable and graceful wine from Elio Altare.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 2 95 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £355.00
    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2015 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £617.00
    2015

    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2015 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (93)

    The 2015 Barolo Arborina is soft, pretty and sensual. The warmth of the vintage has softened the typically hard young Arborina tannins, which in turn gives the wine more near-term approachability than is often the case. Floral, cedar and tobacco notes add an attractive upper register to this very pretty and nuanced Barolo from Altare.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 93 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £617.00
    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2017 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £409.00
    2017

    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2017 (6x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (97)

    The 2017 Barolo Arborina is introspective on opening, before beginning to unfurl and release a bouquet of cassis, espresso, brushed leather, and violets. The palate is full without weight and is inviting with ripe black cherry, cocoa powder, and cedar. The tannins are fine and polished, with an undeniable luxurious quality and refinement. Hold 3-5 years and drink 2025-2050.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 97 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £409.00
    Elio Altare Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco 2012 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £578.00
    2012

    Elio Altare Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco 2012 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94)

    The 2012 Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco shows the darker, more powerful side of Nebbiolo that is so typical of Serralunga. Deep, explosive and brooding in style, the 2012 offers plenty of heft and richness, along with intense color and enough structure to drink well for a number of years. Here, too, the finessed, refined personality of the vintage comes through loud and clear. Next to the best wines in this range, the Cerretta is a bit blowsy, but it makes up for some of that with its generous, enveloping personality.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £578.00
    Elio Altare Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco 2014 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £558.00
    2014

    Elio Altare Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco 2014 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94+)

    The 2014 Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco is the most successful of the 2014s from Elio Altare. Deep, powerful and resonant in the glass, it fills out its ample frame nicely. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, menthol, licorice and dark spice flesh out in an ample, textured Barolo that shows why the Barolos of Serralunga are so compelling.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 4 94+ (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £558.00
    Elio Altare Langhe Giarborina (formerly Arborina) 2015 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £307.00
    2015

    Elio Altare Langhe Giarborina (formerly Arborina) 2015 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94)

    The 2015 Langhe Giarborina, Altare's 100% Nebbiolo, exudes energy, tension and class. At this early stage, it is quite primary, which is not surprising for a young Giarborina. Readers will have to give the 2015 at least a few years in bottle to allow it to flesh out.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £307.00
    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2015 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £347.00
    2015

    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2015 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (93)

    The 2015 La Villa, Altare's Barbera/Nebbiolo blend, needs time to fully come together. The interplay of Barbera fruit with Nebbiolo aromatics and structure once again proves to be alluring. Sweet floral notes lead into cedar, anise and bright, red-toned fruits. Silky and energetic on the palate, the 2015 exudes freshness. What surprises me most is the wine's restraint, especially given the natural power of 2015.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 93 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £347.00
    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2016 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £355.00
    2016

    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2016 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (95)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 95 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £355.00
    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2018 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £347.00
    2018

    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2018 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (93)

    The Elio Altare 2018 Langhe La Villa is a blend of Barbera from Larigi and Nebbiolo from Arborina. This is a dark and saturated red wine that boasts high intensity, dark fruit, plum, soft leather, spice and sweet tobacco. This is a wine of volume and generous layering that unfolds slowly over the palate with extra richness and texture.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 2 93 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £347.00
    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2011 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £307.00
    2011

    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2011 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94)

    The 2011 Langhe Larigi wraps around the palate with dark red berries, mint, sweet spices and licorice. This is an especially silky, layered Larigi that should drink well right out of the gate. A blast of dark red cherries, raspberries and rose petals lingers on the finish. The 2011 is racy and opulent, very much in the style of the year. It should enjoy a long and broad drinking window. The 2011 has incredible purity, but it is very, very young.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £307.00
    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2016 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £338.00
    2016

    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2016 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (95+)

    Altare's 2016 Larigi is a total stunner. Rich and explosive on the palate, with tremendous fruit richness, the 2016 is positively stellar. Succulent dark cherry, plum, chocolate, spice and new leather build as this sexy Barbera shows off its super-distinctive personality. As delicious as the Larigi is today, it also needs a number of years to be at its best. Indeed, Larigi boasts one of the most impressive track records in Piedmont. The 2016 will soon take its place as one of the greatest Larigis ever made. It is every bit that special.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 95+ (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £338.00
    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2018 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £363.00
    2018

    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2018 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (93)

    The 2018 Langhe Larigi opens to rich and deeply saturated fruit. The wine shows generous tones of blackberry and syrupy crème de cassis and also imparts much of the soft, velvety texture of those fruits. This is a single-vineyard expression of Barbera from the Altare family estate in La Morra. Larigi finishes with contained alcohol (measured at 14.5%), opulence and lots of rich varietal character over the medium-bodied finish.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 2 93 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £363.00

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