2011 Elio Altare Barolo Arborina MAGNUM

2011 Elio Altare Barolo Arborina MAGNUM


The signature home estate of the Altares, Antonio’s review does not at all sync with my experience tasting it in cask. As has been said many times, every given moment is just that, a passing moment in time. Wine has its wiles, and I very much take Antonio’s impression below with a grain of salt. Fwiw, I’ve also included his review of the 2011 Langhe Arborina, the EXACT same juice only aged in 100% new oak for a shorter period of time. How there can be such a contrast between the two versions of the same juice to the same mouth is beyond me. I guess that’s why we leave it to the “experts”….or not! 😉

“The 2011 Barolo Arborina is unusually dark and powerful in this vintage. Only the tense, sinewy finish speaks to Arborina. Most of the other site-specific signatures appear muted in 2011, which is not unusual in this vintage. It will be interesting to see how things develop, but today the Arborina comes across as a bit heavy, with intense jammy fruit and good aromatics, but less finesse than when I tasted it just prior to bottling.” 91 points Galloni

“Altare’s 2011 Langhe Arborina (Nebbiolo) is gorgeous in this vintage. Freshly cut flowers, spices, mint and licorice jump from the glass in a wonderfully nuanced, detailed wine. Nebbiolo seems to have handled the unique challenges of the vintage better than Barbera. With a little bit of time in the glass the 2011 opens up beautifully. Sweet floral and spiced notes flow through to the striking, layered finish.” 96 points Galloni” 96 points Galloni

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