in 2011 the rental contract with Marco Marengo ended, so there won’t be any more bottling of what we find being their best barolo. The oldest vines here are about 90 years. 2010 don’t need any more introduction, but as many readers know by now, it is most likely the best vintage ever since 1989 in Piedmont. Especially the tannins are of highest quality in this cold and slow-cycled vintage and berries are small.
Colour is glowingly blood orange on the edges with darker red middle.
The nose is slow and needed a lot of airing to wake up and the oak is dominating now, but after several hours in the decanter, there is a very pretty perfume, loads of seductive flowers, ripe fruit, fresh subtle herbs, spices and new baked brioche that slip through from this sacred vineyard in La Morra.
On the palate, its texture is soft but currently somewhat grainy from oak and the tannins bites just a little at this stage so it needs a lot of time to integrate further. Really good concentration and packed with ripe and candid red fruit, some tar, pastry and anise. Mouth-coating and full bodied, but just a little dry now in the very persistent finish. Acidity is fresh, crisp and promises a long life a head.
It is a very Burgundish and fruit-driven Brunate with razor-sharp precision that will most likely need a decade, but it will certainly be pretty and elegant. Well done, Silvia Altare!