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1994 Elio Altare Barolo Arborina

Very slightly raised cork; very slightly worn capsule; very slightly soiled label; very slight signs of possible old seepage

ITEM 834233 - Removed from a professional storage facility

Bidder Amount Total
$50

RATINGS

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

...sweet aromas of toasty new oak, ripe black raspberry and cherry fruit, flowers, licorice, and spice. The wine is layered, full-bodied, and gorgeously rich, but it manages to avoid any notion of heaviness.

PRODUCER

Elio Altare

Elio Altare produces highly acclaimed Barolos in La Morra, Italy. Elio Altare himself owns and operates the 25-acre estate with his wife and two daughters, and he is one of Piedmont’s modern masters of winemaking. Robert M. Parker Jr. calls Altare “a catalyst of change in Piedmont and a touchstone for young producers looking to produce high-quality, more modern-style wines…He is making some of the most magnificent wines in Italy.” Altare grows Nebbiolo d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba and Cabernet Sauvignon. His signature wines are the Barolo Arborina and Barolo Brunate, but he also makes well-respected proprietary red. Elio Altare produces about 7,000 bottles of Barolo annually.

REGION

Italy, Piedmont, Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.

TYPE

Red Wine, Nebbiolo, D.O.C.G.

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.