($80) Deep, bright red. Cool aromas of crystallized red fruits, flowers and menthol. Sweet and highly perfumed in the mouth, with enticing red fruit and rose petal notes. A lovely expression of Brunate terroir Finishes with sweet, easy tannins. Today this is more expressive and complex than the '98 Arborina. Lovely Barolo.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2002
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
Elio Altare's 1998 Barolo Brunate is one of the highlights of the vintage. A wine of rare pedigree, this soft-textured Barolo caresses the palate with plenty of ripe red fruit, sweet spices and mint. Today the wine comes across as especially youthful, and with the context of the vintage it is one of the most vibrant wines I tasted. I am always amazed at the quality Altare achieves with what are essentially second-choice grapes from Marco Marengo's vines in the prestigious Brunate vineyard.
Author: Antonio Galloni
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Subtle yet powerful. Ripe aromas of plums and berries with hints of freshly cut cedar. Full-bodied, yet smooth and round with a lovely texture and a fruity finish.