Elio Altare Barolo Brunate 2004

Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy

Item No. 128162
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP97
  • ST95
  • WS91
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

The Elio Altare Brunate begins with very intense ruby red color with garnet reflections in the glass. On the nose, fres h to the nose with aromas of little red fruits. On the palate, warm and very elegant, long finish of wild rose and violet.

Critical Acclaim

"Elio Altare might not get the best fruit from the Brunate vineyard but he consistently makes what is arguably the reference-point wine from this historic site. His 2004 Barolo Brunate is a deeply-colored effort that bursts from the glass with an exciting array of violets, plums, black cherries and baking spices that complement a core of sweet, perfumed fruit. This exquisite, layered Barolo offers extraordinary elegance and a long, building finish that lasts forever. Once again Altare has produced a masterpiece. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. "
97 Points

"Good full medium red. Sexy aromas of raspberry, brown spices, mocha and truffle. Youthfully imploded today and distinctly high-pitched, but this opened spectacularly with air to show sappy raspberry and spice flavors and terrific delineation. This extremely long, slow-building wine expanded impressively in the glass, finishing with great verve and persistence. A wine of uncommon energy, and a superb example of this top site. I recall Altare telling me years ago that his Arborina was an excellent premier cru but not a grand cru. He bemoaned not working with a grand cru, but that was before he was able to make Brunate via a rental arrangement."
95 Points

"Very fresh aromas of sliced plum, with a hint of chocolate. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins that are covered with pretty fruit. This is a wine that will age gracefully."
91 Points

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Learn About Elio Altare

Grandfather Giuseppe Altare purchased the farm and winery in 1948, and our family practiced the typical Piemontese mixed agriculture up until the mid-1970s. Besides winegrapes, the family grew pears. apples, hazelnuts, wheat, and corn. 1971 was the last year in which we worked the land with oxen; after that we gradually acquired tractors and other farm machinery. Those were not...

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Learn About Piedmont

(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...

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Learn About Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo(neh-bee-OH-low) The King of Piedmont Nebbiolo is the key grape in the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is not the most planted variety, but it does make the most distinctive and age-worthy wines. Native to Piedmont, Nebbiolo is a bit of a soil snob - it's finicky about where it grows and has long been the honored red grape of Northern Italy...

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