2008 Langhe Rosso Larigi Elio Altare

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Average critic rating : 88.0 points



The 2008 Langhe Larigi (Barbera) comes across as delicate, understated and feminine. Although the 2008 was quite promising when I first tasted it from barrel, it has since lost some of its mid-palate juiciness. Today I don’t see the depth and richness of the best years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023. ||This is a stellar set of wines from Elio Altare. The 2008 Nebbioli were brought in between October 7 and 10, which is a bit late for this estate. The 2008s have a Pinot-like sweetness that is incredibly appealing. Experiments with a fully destemmed Barolo continue. It will be interesting to see how those wines develop over the coming years, but so far the results are intriguing, to say the least. The biggest piece of news, however, is a new lease on a parcel of Cannubi, of which there are now five barrels resting in the cellar with vintage 2011. The new addition will console Altare fans over the loss of the Barolo Brunate, which will no longer be made, as Altare lost access to that fruit after the 2011 harvest.||Various American importers, including Michael Skurnik, Syosset, NY; tel. (516) 677-9300; Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael, CA; tel.(415) 492-9411; Robert Houde Wines, Elk Grove Village, IL; tel. (847) 430-3887 Wine Advocate.April, 2012


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