If you hate Altare read this post
David Bloch is surprised by a bottle of Altare.
2001 Elio Altare, Barolo (normale)
Let me say up front that my favorite Piedmonte producers include both Mascarellos, both Conternos, Vietti, Vajra, Rinaldi and Giacosa. So it may come as a surprise to read that I thought this was a really good Barolo. Yeah, open top roto-fermenters, micro oxygenation, etc. etc. etc. The bottom line is that this is a complete Nebbiolo that smelled of roses and violets, tasted like dark berries and earth, and has some really, really fine grained tannins still left unresolved. Bricking at the edge, the wine was delicate yet persistent all the way through. The wine was paired with grilled 35-day dry aged ribeye and baked Cavatappi with Taleggio, Gruyère and Provolone Piccante, topped with bacon crumbles. The Barolo was a perfect foil for this quiet Mother’s Day meal at home.