Thursday, February 20, 2014

Elio Altare Barolo Brunate

The 2000 vintage is regarded as an absolutely outstanding vintage in Piedmont. The Brunate vineyard is the prime vineyard in the subregion of La Morra, and one of the best in Piedmont. What happens when the two come together? You get a divine wine, at least at the hands of Elio Altare who owns a sizable portion of this vineyard.

The 2000 Elio Altare Barolo Brunate is a medium to full-bodied wine. Altare was the key innovator in Piedmont to reduce maceration times of  Barolos, and the benefits come to the fore in this wine. This wine is quite feminine, with its red cherry and rose petal flavours, but it is firm at the same time. The wine is smooth and soft, but penetrating on the palate. It is in great harmony. The tannins are present all the way, but stay in the background. The finish is long and quite dry.

This wine drinks superbly right now, but will become even more complex over time. I have no doubt it will live very well for another 10 years, probably longer.

Score: 98/+++

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