2013 Vigneto Albarella Andrea Oberto
The 2013 Barolo Albarella is defined by its tense, pulsating personality. Weightless and gracious in the glass, with beams of energy that give the wine drive, the 2013 is gorgeous today. The Albarella emphasizes precision and vibrancy over volume. It is every bit as delicious in bottle as it was from barrel. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 93 Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate (Nov 2017)
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The 2013 Barolo Albarella is striking. Freshly cut flowers, rose petals, violets, mint and hard candy give the 2013 its chiseled, vibrant personality. Tasted from cask prior to bottling, the 2013 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. I am especially struck by the wine's pure energy. The Albarella displays a slightly darker fruit profile and more nervous tannins than the Rocche. Both are shaping up to be jewels. Drinking range: 2019 - 2033 Rating: 91-94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Feb 2017)
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."
To some Barolo represents the very pinnacle of Italian wine. The majestic ethereal character appeals to the senses in a similar way to red Burgundy, even if the style of the wines is utterly different. This is the intense and seductive world of Nebbiolo, where solid tannins vie unexpectedly well with delicate fruit, and where age unwinds ever more complex flavours. Contrast in this case a trio each from the traditional Podere Luigi Einaudi and the slightly more open style of Andrea Oberto. Whilst the straight Barolo Andrea Oberto and the Terlo from Luigi Einaudi might be intended for slightly earlier drinking, nothing in this case won't benefit from a little more age.
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