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Elio Altare Barolo

Elio Altare is La Morra’s and Barolo’s great moderniser as well as mentor to a group of other small growers – ALESSANDRIA, CORINO, Silvio GRASSO, MOLINO, REVELLO and VEGLIO. Radically low yields, short maceration times and rows of barriques are now common to all but nobody else quite manages to get the extra depth and […]

Gianfranco Alessandria Barolo

Gianfranco Alessandria is an inspired young grower with a range of ripe, full and stylish reds. From 5.5 ha of vineyards at Monforte, (plus 1.5 ha rented) the top wines all show a measure of new oak but it is never obvious or allowed to dominate. An intense Barbera Vittoria from over 65-year-old vines, and […]

Orlando Abrigo Barbaresco

Giovanni Abrigo started working with his father Orlando in the late 80s. He now makes very creditable Dolcetto, Barbera and Barbaresco from 11 ha of vineyards. There is a relatively limited use of small new oak, primarily for the Barbera d’Alba Mervisano and the three Barolo crus, Vigna Rocche Meruzzano, Vigna Montersino and Vigna Rongallo. […]

M & E Abbona Dolcetto di Dogliani

Marziano Abbona is one of the stars of Dogliani, but with ever expanding vineyard holdings also produces fine Barolo and Barbaresco. All three crus are aged partly in barrique and partly in large oak casks and combine strength with a certain finesse. Of the Barolos, the Terlo Ravera is from Novello, the more powerful Pressenda […]

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