ELIO ALTARE Giarborina, Langhe DOC
The Elio Altare Langhe ‘Giàrborina’ comes from the La Morra sub-region. Only 150-200 dozen bottles are produced each year from two Nebbiolo plots planted on south and south-east facing slopes, one in 1948, the other in 1989. The vineyards, on clay and sand soils, are farmed organically, but along traditional lines.
The grapes are crushed and then macerated on skins for 3-4 days in temperature-controlled rotary fermenters before fermentation using indigenous yeasts. The wine is matured for 18 months in new French oak barriques before bottling unfined and unfiltered.
The Elio Altare ‘Giàrborina’ shows a ruby-red colour with hints of garnet, and an intense balsamic aroma plus small red fruits and rose petals. The palate is typically both balanced and persistent, showing fresh small red fruits, especially raspberries..