After the straight Barolo, the Albarella shows more structure. Intense. Complex aromas include very fresh fruit notes. Spice as before, an earthy, gritty depth. Still showing oak as a separate component but this will absorb. Finish is long, concentrated. Again the spice goes on. 2015-2024 L&S (Jun 2014)
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Bright garnet, with slight orangish tint. Lush, fleshy nose, with notes of China Calissaia bark, pipe tobacco and dried flowers. The palate exhibits fine structure and power, smoothed by a vein of acidity that makes for a delicious, easy-drinking wine. Excellent with braises and roasts, wild game and full-flavoured cheeses. Winemaker's notes (Oct 2014)
The 2010 Barolo Albarella shows a more evident use of oak (compared to the base Barolo) and definitely requires extra aging time to allow for full integration of those youthful aromas of spice and dark chocolate. The fruit is plush and forward, adding to the amazing sense of softness and generosity awarded by this pretty vineyard-designate wine. Licorice and bright cola flood the finish. Drink: 2017-2027. Rating: 92-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Jul 2014)
An elegant, attractive 2010 Barolo with hazelnut, sliced-plum and berry character, plus hints of chocolate. Full body, firm, silky tannins and a long finish. Better in 2017. Rating: 93-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2014)
Freshly cut flowers, mint, licorice and spices emerge from the glass in the 2010 Barolo Albarella. The flavors are wonderfully alive and delineated throughout. There is considerable near-term appeal here, and my preference would be to drink the 2010 sooner rather than later. The Albarella was aged in both cask and French oak barrels. 2014 - 2022 Rating: 92-92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jan 2014)
A small family run business based in La Morra, over sixteen hectares of vineyards and producing ten wines. The Barolos come from a production area encompassing eleven towns, including the famous 'crus' of Brunate, Rocche, and Albarella. The wines are beautifully focused and age well, although immensely approachable in their youth.
In the words's of Fabio Oberto:
"The Andrea Oberto winery’s origins are humble in fact everything began in 1959 when my grandfather bought a farmhouse in La Morra. At that time the farmers could not survive with just one crop, therefore, my grandfather earned a living growing peaches, grapes and raising cows. However in the family business there was enough work for everyone and this is the reason why my father, Andrea, when he became adult, decided to leave his family in order to start working for a big company as truck driver. Andrea came back to La Morra just in 1978 when his father died. He inherited the family’s land and he began managing the farm. Over the years wine has become a popular product and this encouraged many farmers, like Andrea to focus solely on vine growing. At the beginning part of the grapes was sold to cooperatives and another part was transformed into wine which was sold bulk to private customers. Devoting all of his time and energies in order to realize his dream, Andrea transformed a small farm into a wine company with sixteen hectares as well as a wine production of 100.000 bottles of prestigious wine which today is sold worldwide."
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