Altare Elio Barolo Docg 2016 Unoperuno
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Uno per uno, meaning one by one, is an incredible wine produced from Nebbiolo grapes that have literally been destemmed by hand one berry at a time. Pure Nebbiolo - no stems, no leaves, no bugs, no ugly berries - goes into the maceration tank for fermentation. This process takes a long time, and many think they are crazy to make this wine, but the result is a delicious wine of bright fruit, great complexity, soft and silky tannin yet still a good grip, and some spice on the finish. Unoperuno Barolo offers enormous pleasure. ll the vineyards are farmed organically. Copper and copper sulfate are only used if necessary. Organic cow manure from their mountain cows is used to fertilize the vines. Fermentation occurs naturally with indigenous yeast as does the malolactic fermentation. The wine is not fined, filtered, or clarified. No substances that could modify the color or the structure of the wine is ever used.
The Elio Altare 2016 Barolo Unoperuno is a special wine with a high price tag that is explained by the manual labor required for its creation. "Uno per uno" means "one at a time" in Italian, and the fruit, the actual individual berries, are selected by hand during a super precise sorting operation. It represents a blend of Arborina in La Morra, Cannubi in Barolo, Pernanno in Castiglione Falletto, Sarmassa in Barolo and Cerretta in Serralunga d'Alba. This is a grounded and powerful wine (with a potent 15.5% alcohol content). It reveals cherry cough drop, blackberry preserves and candied orange peel. There is smoke and spice acquired during two years of oak aging. A precious few 1,200 bottles were produced, berry by berry.
A beam of pure cherry is matched by aromas and flavors of late summer fields, woodsy underbrush, licorice and tar. This is supple in texture and nicely supported by refined tannins and lively acidity. Best from 2022 through 2038. —B.S.
The 2016 Barolo Unoperuno explodes from the glass with striking aromatic intensity, inner perfume and brilliant fruit. The 2016 is a blend of co-fermented fruit from Arborina, Cerretta, Cannubi and Liste, bringing together elements of traditional and modern schools in a gorgeous Barolo that hits all the right notes. In a word: stunning!