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  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

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  • Gearing up for a whirlwind tour of the who's who of Nebbiolo producers ... ... Altare of Elio Altare – Barolo Ceretta Vigna Bricco 2010From 100% limestone in Serralunga d’Alba, Silvia holds this wine back a few extra years so that it can unwind. It’s definitely generous in tannin, but a forgiving succulence of ripe boysenberries and mulberries... Read More

    From the article A Cultural Shift in Italian Wine


  • It has been some four years since I last took a look at 1989 Barolo in any depth. Now at age 25 these wines should be in the prime of their lives, at least the better examples still out there. Increasingly rare and well traded, there is much to be concerned with with these wines. Faulty corks, poor storage along the way and the simple vagaries o... Read More

    From the article Piedmont's Greatest Vintage?


  • I have a good memory and as with most people it is particularly astute when recorded painful moments in one’s life. Take for example 1994, when I finally broke into my stash of benchmark 1982 Barolo. We’re talking Marcarini, and Cascina Francia, Monprivato and Vietti. There were six bottles in all, and I carefully decanted them before cooking di... Read More

    From the article Tasting 2001 Barolo


  • Elio Altare Barolo Brunate 2001

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    Clean and focused on the nose but the aromas are weirdly of dark poppy seed paste and shoe polish. A bit smooth and anonymous in the mouth with a dark extracted feel and flavors of coffee bean, blackberry fruit, and toasty spice that are short and chunky in the mouth. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Elio Altare Barolo Brunate 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Nebbiolo the wine, the purest expression of the grape that shares the same name, affords wine drinkers wonderful opportunities to learn about producers as well as vintages. These wines tend to be less influenced by winemaking, and the lengthy ageing that is required for wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco, allowing one to see more of the vintage... Read More

    From the article Nebbiolo Values


  • Barbera, when you ask most people their initial reaction to the name might yield blank stares, or worse. While Barbera is capable of producing some impressive wines it is also all too capable of producing pretty bad wines, both with capable winemaking and without. The problem lies with Barbera’s incredibly high natural acidity, and the issues th... Read More

    From the article Barbera: Piedmont's Chameleon


  • Altare Arborina Langhe Rosso Nebbiolo 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Altare Arborina Langhe Rosso Nebbiolo 2010

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    Smokey and oaky on the nose with some black fruit and licorice accents. Soft and rich on entry though with a heavy load of oak tannin leading to a weighty mid palate that shows bright red fruits but lacks freshness and detail. the fruit has a gummy candy feel, black cherry gummi bear, tactile and sweet and layered over gently spicy oak. Arguably... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Elio Altare Barbera Langhe DOC Vigna Larigi 2010

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    Three day fermentation, 100 percent new oak, for 18 months, Floral and red fruited on the nose with plenty of minty wood and toasty spice. In the mouth this is low with a certain lifeless density. There are some nice violet and blue and boysenberry fruit inner mouth perfumes along with some wood sweetness and wood tannins that cut the loose fi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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