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Community Tasting Notes (3) Avg Score: 94.3 points

  • Wine looked astonishingly young. Deep, dark purple-red on opening. Still dense and intensely structured. Quite something. A good match for Thanksgiving dinner.

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  • Barbera Larigi di Elio Altare Dinner with Sylvia Altare (Justerini & Brooks, London): My WOTN. Still a baby, So alive, vibrant and powerfull. This can give barolo a run for its life. Amazing that this sort of power comes from barbera. Again massive body and finish, 15%+ alchohol. Tannic and acidic and a bit closed, but the moe i had of this wine the more i realised what a gem hides under all that. Superb and after this one never thinks of barbera in the same light again.

    In general Elio Altare, created a very modern expression of Barbera. This is nothign to do with what barbera usually is. Although Aged in 100% new wood it is not overpowering at all, Like Salt to pasta to quote Sylvia Altare. These are great wines but if we could offer some critisism is that the wine could have been made anywhere in the world. We would have never guessed this was Italian. But they managed to create something great out of an unispiring grape and did we like it? OH YES!

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  • Dark, oak is perfectly integrated, a bit of junket and menthol in the nose, massive in the mouth with sweet dark red fruit. Truly amazing wine that goes on and on. I served it blind and people guessed it to be no older than from 2000.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Elio Altare: A Retrospective of Larigi 1985-2008 (May 2009), (See more on Vinous...)

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