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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 2014 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £551.27
    2014

    Elio Altare Barolo 2014 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (88)

    Altare's 2014 Barolo is a soft, supple wine with the midweight structure of the year very much on display. Fruity, forward and open, it will drink well with minimal cellaring. The Altare Barolo has a track record of aging well. Even so, the 2014 is decidedly light, even within the context of the year.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 88 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £551.27
    Elio Altare Barolo 2017 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £445.67
    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:
    ~1 week

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 95 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £445.67
    Elio Altare Barolo 2018 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £464.87
    2018

    Elio Altare Barolo 2018 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (92)

    The 2018 Barolo is a gorgeous entry-level wine. Actually, it is an entry-level wine just in name. Racy and pliant, with terrific purity and fine balance, the 2018 is positively stellar. Crushed red berry fruit, flowers, mint, licorice and rose petal flesh out in this gorgeous, captivating Barolo from the Altare family. Vineyard sites are Sarmassa, Badarina and Novello.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 4 92 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £464.87
    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2013 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £733.67
    2013

    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2013 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (96)

    This wine delivers the goods. The 2013 Barolo Arborina is a complete and centered wine that opens to an enchanting blast of exuberant fruit. The bouquet is redolent of dark cherry and blackberry, and those aromas are thick enough to balance out the wine's savory and oak-driven side. These elements come together with seamless integration. The wine offers an important sense of textural balance as well. It feels thick, but not heavy. It shows richness but is also buoyant and bright at the same time. This is an excellent wine from the unstoppable force that is Elio Altare.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 96 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £733.67
    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2014 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £580.07
    2014

    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2014 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (93)

    Focus, tension and a palpable sense of energy give the 2014 Barolo Arborina its distinctive feel. Barolo Arborina is often wiry in the early going, and this is very much the case here. Even so, there is lovely delineation to the red cherry, pomegranate, anise and blood orange flavors. I won't be surprised if this cool, sophisticated Barolo blossoms with a few years in bottle.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 2 93 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £580.07
    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2017 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £580.07
    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: £580.07
    Elio Altare Langhe Giarborina (formerly Arborina) 2011 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £422.87
    2011

    Elio Altare Langhe Giarborina (formerly Arborina) 2011 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (96)

    Altare's 2011 Langhe Arborina (Nebbiolo) is gorgeous in this vintage. Freshly cut flowers, spices, mint and licorice jump from the glass in a wonderfully nuanced, detailed wine. Nebbiolo seems to have handled the unique challenges of the vintage better than Barbera. With a little bit of time in the glass the 2011 opens up beautifully. Sweet floral and spiced notes flow through to the striking, layered finish.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 96 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £422.87
    Elio Altare Langhe Giarborina (formerly Arborina) 2015 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £380.87
    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: £380.87
    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2010 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £464.87
    2010

    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2010 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (95+)

    Not surprisingly, the 2010 La Villa, a blend of 60% Barbera and 40% Nebbiolo, is gorgeous. Nebbiolo gives the aromatics and structure, while Barbera provides the mid-palate juiciness. Some years the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, but in 2010 that isn't quite the case. Of course, the 2010 has just been bottled, so that might still happen. Today, the 2010 is a striking, beautiful wine, but in this tasting it suffers being placed after the Larigi and Arborina. Still, most producers would kill to have a wine like this in their cellars.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 95+ (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £464.87
    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2011 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £511.67
    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: £511.67
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Elio Altare Barolo 2014 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £446.00
    2014

    Elio Altare Barolo 2014 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (88)

    Altare's 2014 Barolo is a soft, supple wine with the midweight structure of the year very much on display. Fruity, forward and open, it will drink well with minimal cellaring. The Altare Barolo has a track record of aging well. Even so, the 2014 is decidedly light, even within the context of the year.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 88 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £446.00
    Elio Altare Barolo 2017 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £358.00
    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:
    ~1 week

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 95 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £358.00
    Elio Altare Barolo 2018 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £374.00
    2018

    Elio Altare Barolo 2018 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (92)

    The 2018 Barolo is a gorgeous entry-level wine. Actually, it is an entry-level wine just in name. Racy and pliant, with terrific purity and fine balance, the 2018 is positively stellar. Crushed red berry fruit, flowers, mint, licorice and rose petal flesh out in this gorgeous, captivating Barolo from the Altare family. Vineyard sites are Sarmassa, Badarina and Novello.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 4 92 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £374.00
    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2013 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £598.00
    2013

    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2013 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (96)

    This wine delivers the goods. The 2013 Barolo Arborina is a complete and centered wine that opens to an enchanting blast of exuberant fruit. The bouquet is redolent of dark cherry and blackberry, and those aromas are thick enough to balance out the wine's savory and oak-driven side. These elements come together with seamless integration. The wine offers an important sense of textural balance as well. It feels thick, but not heavy. It shows richness but is also buoyant and bright at the same time. This is an excellent wine from the unstoppable force that is Elio Altare.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 96 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £598.00
    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2014 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £470.00
    2014

    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2014 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (93)

    Focus, tension and a palpable sense of energy give the 2014 Barolo Arborina its distinctive feel. Barolo Arborina is often wiry in the early going, and this is very much the case here. Even so, there is lovely delineation to the red cherry, pomegranate, anise and blood orange flavors. I won't be surprised if this cool, sophisticated Barolo blossoms with a few years in bottle.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 2 93 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £470.00
    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2017 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £470.00
    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: £470.00
    Elio Altare Langhe Giarborina (formerly Arborina) 2011 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £339.00
    2011

    Elio Altare Langhe Giarborina (formerly Arborina) 2011 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (96)

    Altare's 2011 Langhe Arborina (Nebbiolo) is gorgeous in this vintage. Freshly cut flowers, spices, mint and licorice jump from the glass in a wonderfully nuanced, detailed wine. Nebbiolo seems to have handled the unique challenges of the vintage better than Barbera. With a little bit of time in the glass the 2011 opens up beautifully. Sweet floral and spiced notes flow through to the striking, layered finish.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 96 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £339.00
    Elio Altare Langhe Giarborina (formerly Arborina) 2015 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £304.00
    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: £304.00
    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2010 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £374.00
    2010

    Elio Altare Langhe La Villa 2010 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (95+)

    Not surprisingly, the 2010 La Villa, a blend of 60% Barbera and 40% Nebbiolo, is gorgeous. Nebbiolo gives the aromatics and structure, while Barbera provides the mid-palate juiciness. Some years the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, but in 2010 that isn't quite the case. Of course, the 2010 has just been bottled, so that might still happen. Today, the 2010 is a striking, beautiful wine, but in this tasting it suffers being placed after the Larigi and Arborina. Still, most producers would kill to have a wine like this in their cellars.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Piedmont 6x75cl 1 95+ (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £374.00
    Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2011 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £413.00
    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: £413.00

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