I have always adored Elio Altare's 1999s, even if for many years, Altare told me he preferred the 1998s. In my view, the 1999s always had more energy. That is still the case today. A great example of the vintage, the 1999 Barolo Arborina hits the palate with substantial depth. The tannins have begun to soften, revealing layers of crystalline fruit and more than enough freshness to drink well for another decade-plus. (AG)
Offers forest fruit, with cream and pie crust on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy, slight new wood tannins that lead to a rich and fruity finish. Layered and powerful for the vintage. Needs a little more time to come together.—'99 Piedmont blind retrospective (2009). Best after 2011. (JS, Web-2009)
The 1999 Barolo Arborina is from the estate’s home vineyard and is a beauty. Potent and expressive in aroma, with ample notes of tar, anisette, and sweet fruit, it is very solid and long, almost traditional in its firm tannins, but is polished, plush, and graceful as well. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2018. (DT)
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