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 Vintage1990 Label 1 of 11 
ProducerElio Altare (web)
VineyardVigneto Arborina

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2017 (based on 4 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Elio Altare Barolo Arborina on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.7 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 18 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Seth Rosenberg on 3/7/2015 & rated 92 points: Dark, somewhat roasted - coffee, licorice, cloves, dark cherry, horsey. Powerful on finish - dark, roasted, resolved tannins, tar, some roses, dark cherry. Too roasted and volatile for me. Sweet, tar and spicy finish. Nose - 4-4.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15-15.5/20.

With some time, this resolved more on the palate - prune, cherry, tart, roses - elegant, resolved tannins. The finish has improved with nice roses and tart berries. Nose - 4.5-5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5-5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1-1.5/2 = 15.5-17/20. (260 views)
 Tasted by Topper on 11/9/2014 & rated 92 points: Surprisingly alive and showing off. Medium body with a little punch, violets, roses, and red cherries. Secondary flavors show in the background but I suspect they will never get too pronounced. Very enjoyable if not remarkable. (730 views)
 Tasted by swapdoc on 11/6/2014: Elio Altare Barolo Winemaker Dinner (La Pizza Fresca Ristorante): Just an amazing nose of flowers, tar, roses -- delicate and wonderfully integrated bouquet. The fruit is just as lively as '98, long and plentiful. Caressing mouth feel. great balance. Flowery and sophisticated. What a treat! (606 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 5/11/2013 & rated 92 points: Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Tasted double blind. Instantly recognizable as from Piedmont based on the floral, anise and tar aromatic start. Still fresh and charming with lots of power on finish. (2988 views)
 Tasted by Rupert on 9/21/2011 & rated 92 points: Mixed Barolo and Barbaresco 1958-1990 (River Café, Hammersmith, London): For all its tannin, this was smooth, fine, elegant, restrained, with some floral fragrance (3615 views)
 Tasted by Dubie on 7/11/2011 & rated 94 points: A wine remarkably in control, that engages with you, seeking sometimes to flirt to decide whether to reveal itself or not. As this gets into adulthood, it will be very powerful. (3248 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/10/2010: showed beautifully at a tasting of the NKs. Outperformed. Will need to open another soon. (3248 views)
 Tasted by kenv on 10/9/2010 & rated 93 points: 1990 Barolo: Modern vs. Traditional (private home): Much more expansive nose. Delicious cherries. Expansive. Great potential. Modern, but so much better than the last one. [1990 Vigna Arborina!] (4365 views)
 Tasted by Jossik on 9/1/2010 & rated 91 points: Più evoluto e decisamente molto più buono di quello bevuto in precedenza. I toni fruttati si sono attenuati, e la potenza si è un po' affinata ed ha guadagnato in eleganza. Rimane un po' poco fine compelssivamente (2448 views)
 Tasted by Jossik on 3/13/2010 & rated 89 points: Naso molto fruttone e carico, spudoratamente giovane. Bocca parecchio acida e anch'essa indietrissimo. Forse complessivamente poco fine, ma buono (2156 views)
 Tasted by il_diavolo on 5/24/2009 & rated 92 points: still quite dark in colour. comes across as young, potent and still life in it. more fruit than the 1989 and truffle on the nose. a real pleasure. (2577 views)
 Tasted by Johann Von Mastiff on 12/12/2008 & rated 96 points: A classic la Morra Barolo. As good as it gets from this commune. Almost lithe and very feminine in the mouth with amazingly smooth tannins giving the wine grip. Lost of fruit left in this wine as well. Drinking really well right now but this wine has years left to go. (2536 views)
 Tasted by foodandwineblog on 10/16/2008 & rated 92 points: Blackberry, currant, spice notes dominate the palate while fairly moderate-sized tannins bring some excitement to the midpalate. A hint of earth/spice comes and goes on the long finish. This wine is holding up VERY well and should do so for many years to come. foodandwineblog.com (2401 views)
 Tasted by JeffGMorris on 11/4/2006 & rated 94 points: Dinner at Fearrington House. Dark garnet in color. Very perfumed with lots of roses and sour cherries. Medium bodied and with a long finish that still shows gritty/chalky tannins. A really lovely wine that is still on the upswing but is beautiful to drink today. 50+13+13+9+9 = 94 (3104 views)
 Tasted by Chateaunewf on 9/30/2006 & rated 92 points: Still deeply garnet colored. Reticent on the nose. Still fairly primary on the nose and palate. Not surprising for a high profile Langhe 1990 vintage wine but I thought it might be a little more evolved for a modernist producer like Altare. It is just beginning to smooth out and become integrated with softening tannins. A beautiful bottle of wine but just at the beginning of it maturity profile. Not really showing secondary or tertiary characteristics yet but his should continue to develop nicely for years to come. Should merit a higher score in another five years. (3180 views)

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Nebbiolo is a red grape indigenous to the Piedmont region of Italy in the Northwest. The grape can also be found in other parts of the world, though they are not as respected.

Nebbiolo is often considered the "king of red wines," as it is the grape of the famed wines of Barolo DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG, and Roero DOCG. It is known for high tannins and acidity, but with a distinct finesse. When grown on clay, Nebbiolo can be very powerful, tannic, and require long aging periods to reach its full potential. When grown on sand, the grape exhibits a more approachable body with more elegant fruit and less tannins, but still has high aging potential.

"Nebbiolo" is named for the Italian word, "nebbia", which means "fog", in Italian and rightfully so since there is generally a lot of fog in the foothills of Piedmont during harvest.

Nebbiolo is a late-ripening variety that does best in a continental climate that boasts moderate summers and long autumns. In Piedmont, Nebbiolo is normally harvested in October.

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Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Roero | Union of Producers of Albese Wines (Albeisa)


Regional History:
The wines of Piedmont are noted as far back as Pliny's Natural History. Due to geographic and political isolation, Piedmont was without a natural port for most of its history, which made exportation treacherous and expensive. This left the Piedmontese with little incentive to expand production. Sixteenth-century records show a mere 14% of the Bassa Langa under vine -- most of that low-lying and farmed polyculturally. In the nineteenth century the Marchesa Falletti, a frenchwoman by birth, brought eonologist Louis Oudart from Champagne to create the first dry wines in Piemonte. Along with work in experimental vineyards at Castello Grinzane conducted by Camilo Cavour -- later Conte di Cavour, leader of the Risorgimento and first Prime Minister of Italy -- this was the birth of modern wine in the Piedmont. At the heart of the region and her reputation are Alba and the Langhe Hills. This series of weathered outcroppings south of the Tanaro River is of maritime origin and composed mainly of limestone, sand and clay, known as terra bianca. In these soils -located mainly around the towns of Barolo and Barbaresco -- the ancient allobrogica, now Nebbiolo, achieves its renowned fineness and power.

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