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Piedmont, Italy
Elio Altare

Elio Altare is one of Italy's greatest winemakers. His wines have come to define the changes that have taken place in Barolo over the last 30 years. He inspired a generation of younger producers to commit to quality in the vineyards and bottle their own estate wines. The changes Elio championed in the 70's: green harvesting, organic farming, and shorter macerations are commonplace today and have made Barolo a more rich, diverse, and higher quality wine- producing region. Altare Barolo, Barolo Arborina and Barolo Brunate are among the most prized wines of the area and put the supple, fragrant qualities of the La Morra commune on display. They're sensuous, rich, and age-worthy wines. In 2005 Elio released his first vintage of Barolo Cerretta, from the Serralunga commune in the eastern valley, where the soils influence the wines in very different ways than La Morra. It will be great to witness his hands and philosophies at play with vineyards from another commune that is counter point to the style he is used to. Elio is a tireless spirit and still today is striving to push the boundaries of what Nebbiolo can do. He is experimenting with a few barrels of a 100% hand destemmed Barolo from the Arborina vineyard and has recently acquired a few rows of vines in Cannubi. Elio at work in Cannubi is going to be a tremendous thing to witness, look for that release in the fall of 2016. 

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Elio Altare
Elio Altare


Barolo 2011
Barolo Brunate 2008
Barolo Arborina 2011
La Villa 2010
Larigi 2012
Giarborina 2012
Insieme 2008
Barolo Cerretta 2009
Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
Barbera d'Alba 2014




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