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1999 Barolo, Brunate, Elio Altare-Cascina Nuova

La Morra, Piedmont

$130.00 per Bottle


1 Bottle




"Dark ruby. Altare's Barolo Brunate perfectly captures the heart of darkness of this famous cru, with its characteristic balsamic nose and layers of sweet dark fruit, spice and rose that gradually unfold as this magical wine opens to reveal its expansive personality. Blessed with extraordinary length, complexity and class, it is an unforgettable wine in every way. With a production of just 1,600-1,800 bottles a year, Elio Altare's Brunate is surely one of Piedmont's greatest cult wines. Highly recommended. 96/drink after 2011, 03/06 The approach to winemaking here remains very pure and unadulterated. Altare tends to his vines like a garden, which is in fact another of his passions. There are no artificial fertilizers of any kind used. "I personally work all of my vineyards so in the interest of my own health, why would I use anything that is unnatural on my plants," asks Altare rhetorically. Altare was one of the first proponents of low yields in these parts and he remains a fervent believer in that approach. In a simple, functional cellar, Altare's approach is similarly stripped down to the bare essentials. Fermentations here are measured in hours rather than days. Altare opts for a 3-4 day fermentation in rotary fermenters after which the wines do their malos and finish their aging in barriques of various ages. Altare believes in manipulating the wines as little as possible. Racking is kept to a minimum as he believes that each time wines are moved they lose aroma and flavors, and bottling is done without the aid of fining and/or filtration. Elio Altare's Barolos remain among the most profound expressions of Nebbiolo and La Morra terroir." Antonio Galloni, In the Cellar
(WA, 03/01/2006)

Rating: 96
Drink from: 2011

"Intense plum and berry character, with hints of spices. Very focused on the nose. Full-bodied, with ripe, dark fruit and a velvety, firm tannin structure. Goes on for a long time. This comes from a small vineyard that Altare rents. But it may as well be his own. Best after 2007. 150 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 11/30/2003)

Rating: 94
Drink from: 2007

"Deep red. Deeply pitched aromas of raspberry, currant, cherry and menthol. Sweet and broad but brooding and very young. Intense spice and menthol notes contribute to the wine's youthfully aggressive character. The tannins are broad and sweet, and the wine has excellent persistence. May well merit a higher score with time in bottle, but today this can't quite compete with the '98 Brunate for sheer perfume." Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(IWC, 11/01/2002)

Rating: 91(+?)

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