2015 Vigneto Albarella Andrea Oberto
Really well defined and not at all overdone, fuller and grippier than the village wine, with cherry and strawberry fruits, but then some darker aspects. The palate displays a core of rich tannins, around which are wound ripe red fruits, coffee, tar and earth. This is bold and long, but bearing in mind the warmth of the vintage nicely refined, with excellent balance and length. The vines here are 28 years old. Drinking range: 2021 - 2032 L&S (Jan 2019)
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Ripe and jammy cherry, spice and some baked earth. Powerful, drying, though fine tannic structure. Pretty good, perfumed length and a better handling of the 15% alcohol than its little brother, the generic Barolo 2015. Drinking range: 2024 - 2035 Rating: 16.5 Tim Jackson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com(Apr 2020)
Poached and spiced red cherries and red plums, with a walnut-like sheen of more savory aromas. There’s a bed of fine tannins supporting the palate, which holds bright and juicy red-fruit flavor that darkens and enriches the deep, long finish. Try this from 2023. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Jun 2019)
Oberto’s 2015 Barolo Albarella is laced with the essence of dark cherry, plum, licorice, chocolate, spice and new leather. Radiant and generous on the palate, yet also medium in body and quite open, the 2015 will drink well with minimal cellaring. Today, the Albarella is the star in the range. It is also the darkest and most virile of these 2015s. Time in the glass brings out attractive floral and spiced notes that round things out nicely. Rating: 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Feb 2019)
A small family run winery and vineyard based in La Morra, The Obertos have sixteen hectares of vineyards and produce a brilliant 'village' Barolo as well as 2 from the different 'crus' of Rocche dell'Annunziata and Albarella. The wines are beautifully focused and age well, although immensely approachable in their youth as there is a deliciously juicy and generous feel that runs through all the wines.
The Andrea Oberto winery’s origins are humble in fact everything began in 1959 when Andrea's father bought a farmhouse in La Morra. At that time the farmers could not survive with just one crop, therefore, he earned a living growing peaches, grapes and raising cows. However, in the family business there was enough work for everyone and so Andrea, when he became adult, decided to leave the farm and started working for a big company as truck driver. Andrea came back (Thankfully!) to La Morra in 1978 when his father died. He inherited the family’s land and he began managing the farm. He soon began to focus solely on vine growing. At the beginning the grapes were sold to cooperatives with some sold locally to friends and family. Devoting all of his time and energies to the family farm Andrea's talents soon became clear, and the small farm quickly morphed into a wine company with sixteen hectares of their own wines and brilliant cellar.
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.
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