2016 Vigneto Albarella Andrea Oberto
The 2016 Barolo Albarella is laced with sweet red cherry, blood orange, mint, white pepper and spice. Medium in body and bright, the 2016 pulses with a real sense of energy. This is recovering from its recent bottling, but it has so much to offer; bright acids give it a real sense of invigorating vitality. The 2016 is an especially fine edition of the Albarella. For medium-term drinking, the Albarella is one of the real gems of the year. Drink: 2023-2036 Drinking range: 2023 - 2036 Rating: 95 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Feb 2020)
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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.
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