Vivid and expressive, the 1996 Barolo Arborina has developed very nicely in bottle. Dark red stone fruit, leather, smoke, tar and licorice add layers of aromatic and flavor nuance throughout. The darker side of this La Morra cru comes through in the 1996, with firm Arborina tannins that propel the super expressive finish. The 1996 should drink well for another decade, maybe more.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026
Robert Parker 92
Altare’s 1996 Barolo Arborina is reminiscent of a terrific grand cru from Burgundy’s Cote d’Or. Intensely aromatic, with copious quantities of black cherry jam, earth, pain grille, and floral scents, this saturated dark ruby-colored offering reveals superb ripeness, substantial richness, a full-bodied, layered personality, adequate acidity, and sweet tannin in the finish. It is a stunning Barolo to drink now and over the next 15 years. A Marc de Grazia Selection, various American importers, including Michael Skurnik, Syosset, NY; tel. (516) 677-9300, Vin Divino, Chicago, IL; tel. (773) 334-6700, and Estate Wines, Ltd., San Rafael, CA; tel. (415) 492-9411