ELIO ALTARE, Barbera d'Alba
The Elio Altare Barbera d’Alba comes from the La Morra region. Only 1200-1300 dozen bottles are produced each year from Barbera vines planted mostly in the late 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 3-4 days in temperature-controlled rotary fermenters. It spends just five months in used French barriques before bottling.
The Elio Altare Barbera d’Alba typically shows ruby-red colour and aromas of violets and black cherries. The palate is warm and full-bodied with balanced acidity and good length of persistent dark red-fruit flavours.
The 2017 Barbera d'Alba is another radiant wine that captures the exuberance of the year in its ample, creamy personality. I would prefer to drink this flamboyant, racy Barbera over the next handful of years. A rush of red cherry and purplish berry fruit punctuates the finish.
Vinous (May 2019)