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Limited Availability - Library Selections from Barolo’s Elio Altare - 01/10/2018 - Italy

So the story goes, many years ago, Elio Altare, in a fit of rage directed against the stale and calcified winemaking traditions in Barolo, took a chainsaw to his father’s old barrels. As one might expect, this impulsive (yet well-deserved) action nearly cost him his rights to the estate. Thankfully, his sisters, seeing Elio’s drive and commitment to forging a new and modern approach to Barolo, allowed ownership to be passed down to him. With the yoke of his father’s influence removed, Elio pursued a new way of crafting Barolo, which would revolutionize the region. Gone were the thin, hard-edged, and tannic wines of old and in their place were seductive renderings of unparalleled elegance and finesse. Wine critic Antonio Galloni has done multiple retrospectives of Altare’s wines over the years. The takeaway from these tastings is that all the wines, even in the lesser vintages, are profound age-worthy efforts that stand among the best in the region. Those who have been following Baolo over the past several decades will already know Altare’s wines are engagingly complex affairs that offer a true sense of place. Demand for Altare’s wines has gained significant momentum of late, with back vintages rarely coming to market. Nonetheless, our Italian Wine Buyer was able to secure a parcel featuring the vintages of 2005, 2006, 2007. For any collector of Italy’s top bottlings, these are must-have efforts and illustrate Altare’s impressive talents. These are just now entering their optimal drinking window, but also have the scaffolding to age for decades more. Quantities are highly limited and are sure to sell fast, So don’t delay in securing your bottles today.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2006 Elio Altare Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 92 60 $89.99 View
2007 Elio Altare Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 94 >36 $89.99 View
2005 Elio Altare Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 93 24 $89.99 View
2006 Elio Altare "Ceretta Vigna Bricco" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 96 60 $127.99 View
2005 Elio Altare "Ceretta Vigna Bricco" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 94 60 $127.99 View

2006 Elio Altare Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, featuring plum and black cherry flavors, laced with spice and tobacco. This is kept honest by the upright tannins and lively acidity. There is power, but also grace. Fine length. Best from 2013 through 2025. (BS)" (02/2011)

90 points James Suckling: " The raspberry, fresh fruit and flowers on the nose excite me. The red is full and silky, with lots going on. Racy. Better after 2013." (01/2011)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Barolo is a medium-bodied offering with attractive, perfumed fruit. Though somewhat slender, the wine offers excellent balance, albeit in a smaller-scaled style than is normally the case. The wine opens up nicely in the glass, yet it remains a touch compact. Over nearly a decade of visiting Altare on a regular basis I have tasted just about every wine made here, including many from lesser vintages. The surprises have always been on the upside, so it will be interesting to see what happens here. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026. (AG)" (02/2010)

2007 Elio Altare Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Barolo is simply breathtaking. A bouquet that recalls Pinot Noir melds into pure Nebbiolo fruit as this captivating, sensual Barolo reveals off its pedigree. This shows remarkable detail, nuance and sheer clarity, with gorgeous depth and a radiant, totally engaging personality. Most of the attention here is generally focused on the single-vineyard wines, but readers should not look past the straight Barolo, a wine that has built an extraordinary track record for developing beautifully in bottle. (AG)" (02/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Sweet cherry and raspberry flavors are accented by eucalyptus and soy, all matched to an elegant, fluid profile. Deftly balanced, with firm tannins on the finish. (BS)" (04/2012)

92 points James Suckling: "Plummy and fruity with a lovely flowery aromas. Full and soft with round tannins. Long finish. Bright acidity with orange peel undertones. Why wait?" (05/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium-dark red. Dried flowers, mocha and tobacco on the nose. Juicy and on the lean side, but with lovely depth and cut to the middle palate. Not a big wine but boasts an excellent acid/sugar balance. This very young, tightly wound Barolo is dominated by its structure today. (ST)" (11/2011)

2005 Elio Altare Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Wonderful aromas of crushed berries, from strawberry to raspberry. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. Dense and balanced. Needs time to soften. A precise red. Best after 2013. 1,200 cases made. JS" (07/2009)

2006 Elio Altare "Ceretta Vigna Bricco" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($127.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and aromatic, this red is packed with sweet cherry, leather, clove and iron flavors. Fused to a bed of stiff, mouthcoating tannins, with a long aftertaste of sweet spice and mineral. Still a baby, but well-balanced and beginning to develop. (BS)" (03/2013)

2005 Elio Altare "Ceretta Vigna Bricco" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($127.99)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright deep red. Complex nose melds dark cherry, tobacco, coffee and a hint of exotic fruits, with almost peppery lift. Silky and fine-grained but at the same time penetrating, showing terrific sappy energy to its dark fruit, pepper and tobacco flavors. With its light touch, this reminded me of a Chambolle Amoureuses. Finishes with firm tannins and a sexy hint of game. This can be enjoyed now or cellared. (ST)" (11/2011)

94 points Vinous: "Here in its first vintage, the 2005 Barolo Cerretta is another wine that has held up remarkably. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, spices and menthol are all laced together in a powerful, dense Barolo loaded with Serralunga intensity and depth. There is so much to like here, including the wine's immediacy. (AG)" (07/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Barolo Cerretta is a new Barolo from a rented parcel in Serralunga that was vinified, aged and bottled separately for the first time in 2005. Altare is so profoundly associated with La Morra that it is fascinating to taste his first foray into Serralunga. The 2005 Barolo Cerretta positively covers every inch of the palate in a round, opulent expression of fruit. Still rather fresh and primary, the wine will require some time to come around. Menthol, licorice, minerals and tar inform the long, harmonious finish. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. (AG)" (02/2010)