ELIO ALTARE Cannubi , Barolo DOCG
The Elio Altare Cannubi Barolo is made using Nebbiolo grapes. Only about 125 dozen bottles are produced each year from vines planted on south-facing slopes in the late 1990s. The vineyard, on marna stone, clay and sandy soils, is farmed organically, but along traditional lines.
The grapes are crushed and 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 Cannubi Barolo shows a light, ruby-red colour with hints of garnet. 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.
The first vintage of this wine was 2011. The Altare family leased one-fourth of a hectare in this celebrated vineyard cru, and the contract expires (or will hopefully be renewed) in 2024. The 2015 Barolo Cannubi is a gorgeous wine with a real glossy shine and bright quality that transcends the wine's appearance, bouquet and mouthfeel. There is so much volume here, and the wine covers the entire palate evenly and smoothly.
94 points, Wine Advocate (June 2019)
The 2015 Barolo Cannubi is another stellar wine in this range. One of the more closed wines in the lineup, the Cannubi is going to need the better part of a decade to start coming into its own. Today, it is dense, powerful and full of energy, and yet there is a purity to the fruit that represents the purest essence of what Cannubi is all about. There is certainly a lot to look forward to here.
95 points, Vinous (February 2018)
Barolo. Just mid ruby. Fairly deep ruby. Great precision and depth on the nose. The fruit fills out the palate without being oppressive or heavy. Firm, super-polished, fine tannins rolled out like a carpet for the intense fruit.
18/20 points, jancisrobinson.com (May 2019)