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 concentration of Altare. It is not a purist’s Barolo that emerges yet one of terrific concentration and balance that still conveys something of its origins. Super-Langhes Arborina (Nebbiolo), Larigi (Barbera) and La Villa (Nebbiolo/Barbera) take the new oak theme to its logical (or illogical, depending on your viewpoint) conclusion. There is good regular Barbera and Dolcetto too, the latter typically very composed and finely structured with 3 years’ age. Altare was also the proponent behind Insieme. The band of 7 producers share winemaking resources and expertise to produce delicious, concentrated modern oak-aged blends – variations on a Nebbiolo, Barbera, Cabernet and/or Merlot theme – a percentage of the proceeds go to local cultural and artisanal causes. 1997 Barolos and 98 Langhe reds were withheld due to cork contimination problems but since then, wines across the board are a testament to Elio Altare’s resolve and the maintenance of his very high standards. Since 2005, Elio has been involved with a winery in Cinqueterre, CAMPOGRANDE, producing high quality wines in small quantities.
To find out more about Elio Altare and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide North-West Italy..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines.