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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Dolcetto

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

  • Barbera

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Having just returned from visiting three dozen wineries in Piedmont I sit ready ... that lack some typicity Elio Altare – A modernist producing light, perfumed wines that are very fruit forward. Roberto Voerzio – A modernist producing powerful fruit driven wines.Visits in Barolo Part 1Visits in Barolo Part Read More

    From the article Barolo Vintage 2009

  • Altare Barolo la Morra 2000


    Offering up lovely notes of spiced black cherries, with hints of integrated wood, tar, licorice and antiseptic. This is perfumed and rather focused on the nose, gaining notes of mint, flowers and a touch of clove studded orange peel with time in the glass. Silky and bright in the mouth, with lovely depth and lots of polished fine-grained tannins... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • While getting ready to make my annual pilgrimage to Piedmont, I like to get reacquainted with some of the wines. I already have a tasting of 2008 Barolo, a vintage I have previously praised quite highly on my schedule. But with a tasting of 2009 on my schedule in Italy, I wanted to take a look at a similar vintage, one marked by warm weather and... Read More

    From the article 2000 Barolo

  • Elio Altare Nebbiolo Langhe DOC Vigna Arborina 2005


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    Wine review by Barberolo

  • Altare Elio Barolo DOCG Vigna Arborina Red 2001


    The Altare Arborina showed a classic Barolo nose of red fruits, plum skins, roses, tar, a hint of animal musk and undergrowth. The nose pulled me in and reminded me somehow of a childhood Autumn days with dried leaves and pine nestles. On the palate, it showed an elegant, full body, backed by a balance of tannin and acid. The fruit was rich but ... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • Altare Dolcetto d'Alba 2009


    The 09 is violet, and light (almost pinot-like) in the glass. Blueberry and blackberry aromas, licorice, mineral, earth (wet mold), and a hint of bitter dark chocolate. Light to medium bodied, very elegant, refined and delicate tannins. Tad high on the alcohol (non-conclusive). Complex, much more than you would expect from a Dolcetto dAlba. ... Read More

    Wine review by tonifad

  • Hi everyoneI am going to the lovely area of Barolo this summer for a trip ... ... Massolino.... Anselma.... Elio Altare....Barolo and Barbera is my favorites, but I will appreciate every hint about an outstanding wineyard or wine..... white as well.Wish all of you a nice summer.... cheers (o:Arne Hasselmann - Denma Read More

    Forum post in the topic Barolo/Barbera

  • Elio Altare Barolo Vigneto Arborina 1998


    The nose came off as restrained to me as if I was smelling Barolo through a veil with light notes of red fruit and roses. On the palate, I found cherry with old cedar, which lead to a soft tannic pull on the finish. This bottle did not receive the same decanting and the others in the flight and may have really come around with more time. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • After a day of drinking Giacosa (admittedly, that night preceded this, but I ... dry tannins.  86pts Elio Altare BaroloTight 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 ... Read More

    From the article 1985 Barolo: A Peak at 25

  • Elio Altare Nebbiolo Barolo Vigneto Arborina 1985


    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 tha... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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