This is the Altare’s cru Barolo wine from their flagship Arborina vineyard, only aged for a shorter period of time in a higher percentage of new oak. In comparative tastings, this bottling often outperforms the Barolo version both for its explosiveness and succulence in youth, and then in complexity after 8-12 years of ageing. Sounds to me like the ’13 is on point….
“The 2013 Langhe Giarborina (formerly Arborina) is floral and nicely lifted. Medium in body and lithe, the 2013 is built on freshness above all else. This is an especially lithe, silky Barolo, with lovely aromatic depth and plenty of nuance. With time in the glass, the wine puts on quite a bit of weight. I imagine the 2013 will offer a long and wide drinking window of pure pleasure. If opened young, the 2013 demands a good bit of aeration, as it is a touch reduced. The 2013 spent 18 months in 100% new French oak, all of which it has handled with impeccable grace.” 95+ Galloni