ELIO ALTARE Unoperuno , Barolo DOCG
The Elio Altare Unoperuno Barolo is made using Nebbiolo grapes from the La Morra sub-region. Only about 125 dozen bottles are produced each year from vines planted on south and south-east facing slopes in 1948. The vineyard, on marna stone, clay and sandy soils, is farmed organically, but along traditional lines.
The grapes are sorted and de-stemmed by hand to exclude everything but perfect berries, then macerated on skins for 4-5 days in temperature-controlled rotary fermenters before fermentation using indigenous yeasts. The wine is matured for 24 months in French oak barriques before bottling unfined and unfiltered.
The Elio Altare Unoperuno Barolo is a light, ruby-red colour with garnet reflections. The nose is fresh and fruity, with scents of rose petals and other flowers. The palate is typically warm and elegant with smooth, silky tannins and a long finish.
This wine is the result of a meticulous destemming process in which the grapes are removed one by one, or "uno per uno," from the stems. In the past, this wine saw fruit sourced from only the Arborina vineyard in La Morra, but starting with this release, the 2015 Barolo Unoperuno represents a blend of fruit, although the specific vineyard parcels are not defined. Elio Altare calls it a 'Barolo with a cru base'. This is a beautiful wine, and the tannins are well integrated. It shows the pureness of the variety, a very silky and bright expression that is fresh and streamlined.
94 points, Wine Advocate (June 2019)
The 2015 Barolo Unoperuno represents a departure from prior years in that the wine is now a blend from various sites as opposed to being sourced solely from Arborina, as it was in its first vintages. Silky and yet also generous on the palate, with super-polished tannins, the 2015 simply has it all. Blood orange, star anise and cinnamon add attractive aromatic top notes to this ethereal, exotic Barolo. The 2015 is a blend from Cannubi, Cerretta, Sarmassa Arborina and Pernanno.
94 points, Vinous (February 2018)
Destalked by hand (hence the name, which means ‘one by one’), and until 2014 made using grapes only from the Arborina cru, but now all vineyards are used. ‘It is purer and completely clean and the pips are never damaged’. Just mid ruby. A little more perfumed and concentrated than the Arborina 2015 from this producer, and with minerally hints. Fantastic, concentrated and yet lithe palate with loads of tasty, tactile tannins. Almost mouth-wateringly energetic finish. Like an amplified Arborina.
17.5/20 points, jancisrobinson.com (May 2019)