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Elio Altare Nebbiolo Barolo Vigneto Arborina 2008
"Loaded with finesse and grace. Dark red cherries, flowers, spices, mint and minerals are some of the nuances that flow from this beautifully delineated, gorgeous Barolo. Floral notes reappear to frame the sublime finish. Altare’s straight Barolo doesn’t get as much recognition as some of his other wines, but it is once again fabulous in 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028...93" WA 4/12 "A balanced Barolo with dried berries and cherries with hints of strawberries. Full body, yet reserved and refined. Very silky. Lovely now. This year the two vineyards from Castiglione Falleto and Serralunga really gave the quality in this wine. Excellent...93" JamesSuckling.com 7/12
Editorial Reviews for Elio Altare Nebbiolo Barolo Vigneto Arborina
While opening slowly this is obviously woody but with nice floral tones. There is bittersweet chocolate here over dark fruit with touches of waxiness and earth. The perfumes tend to drift away as notes of lilac and earth are replaced with oaky coffee tones but the deep florality struggles mightily to reassert itself. Sweetly fruited in the mouth with fine balance and good focus this none-the-less has a touch too much oak. The plush texture is pleasant and the fine tannins polished but the overall feel of the wine is a bit too matte and lacks a bit of juicy liveliness. Solid but a bit muddled. 2008-2018 86pts
This was cedary with some raw wood tones still in evidence but there reamains an underlayment of typical nettle and fruit tones. In truth i did not take notes for this wine but recall that there seemed to be some Barolo lost in there somewhere. A hesitant and imprecise assesment.
Tight on the nose but with an emerging core of sweet candied angelica root and menthol. This seems so hard but slowly reveals a clean and fresh set of classic aromatics that show a touch of vanilla but are dominated by rose petals, a bit of roasty meatiness and herbs, and glassy sour cherry fruit. On entry this exhibits a sweet/sour contrast that is very refreshing with high-toned raspberry fruit that floats over extremely finely grained tannins. This is simple but super fresh. It’s light bodied and speaks more of Nebbiolo than Barolo but is delicious. 88pts
decanted for sediment- color is still dark ruby with little/no bricking. nose was intense cherry with tar and violets. palate is very primary, super dark black cherry fruit. a little thicker than I might prefer, but very good. on the young side to be sure.
External Reviews for Elio Altare Nebbiolo Barolo Vigneto Arborina
Good deep medium red. Black cherry, flowers, graphite and brown spices on the nose, along with a youthful medicinal aspect. Silky and suave in the mouth, with lovely sweet fruit supported by harmonious acidity. Less obviously structured than the 2... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2008 Elio Altare Barolo 750ml
Rich and supple this red is shot through with smoky cherry licorice leather and eucalyptus flavors on a bed of dusty tannins. Remains sweet and fresh on the lingering finish. Best from 2016 through 2032.
Aromas of light prunes and flowers with walnuts and hints of berries. Full body with chewy tannins and lightly mouth puckering finish. Medium finish. Needs two to three years before opening. James Suckling.
Just ruby just beginning to show some orange on the rim. Not very expressive on the nose at the moment. Earthy cherry. On the palate it is another story: great depth and freshness and attractive austerity on the finish. Fantastic balance really fine. Grainy muscular finish but it would be madness to drink it now. 17.5/20 (WS) Jancis Robinson.
The 2007 Barolo Arborina is another stunner. The intense aromatics are a dead give-way for what is to follow, which is to say a virtual explosion of flavors. The Arborina boasts fabulous balance, intensity and raciness in a style that brings to mind ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2007 Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 750ml
WA: ...a surprisingly super-ripe, concentrated and soft-textured wine loaded with sweet fruit. It offers outstanding length and ripe tannins in a very seductive style of Barolo...The 2004 Arborina is on another level entirely.
The Arborina vineyard has perfect south facing exposure to the sun. This in conjunction with its old vines (50 years) makes for a truly winning Barolo. Though Altare is a modernist, his wines show well after time in the cellar. Dense, ripe, with classic Nebbiolo intensity.