ELIO ALTARE, Dolcetto d'Alba
The Elio Altare Dolcetto d’Alba comes from the La Morra region. Only 1500-1600 dozen bottles are produced each year from vines planted in the 1980s and 1990s and farmed organically, but traditionally, on sandy, limestone-rich soils.
In the winery only indigenous yeasts are used and the wine is macerated on skins for 2-3 days in temperature-controlled rotary fermenters. It spends 10 months in stainless steel tanks before bottling.
The Elio Altare Dolcetto d’Alba is an easy-drinking, every-day wine to be served cool or lightly-chilled in summer. It typically shows aromas of violets and black cherries, with dry but soft, delicate tannins, medium body and a full taste of both red and black cherries.
The 2017 Dolcetto d'Alba is ample, creamy and expressive, which is to say very much in the style of the year. Juicy red cherry, plum, violet, rose petal and spice all flesh out in a radiant, succulent Dolcetto that will drink well now and for another decade or more. What a gorgeous wine it is.
Vinous (May 2019)
This is juicy and supple, despite the firm structure, allowing the cherry, blackberry, earth and chocolate notes to shine. Assertive tannins line the finish.
Wine Spectator (2019)