1996 Altare, Barolo, Vigneto Arborina (RT97) With more than 20 years of age, the 1996 Altare Arborina retains a dark, ruby hue with only the slightest hints of garnet. Revealing a power-centric bouquet of black cherries, dried raspberries, menthol, balsam sap and hints of sous bois, a bold level of minerality emerges with time in the glass. The mouthfeel is gorgeously endowed showing exceptional finesse and a mouth coating richness, as the vibrant acidity leads to a superbly integrated, silky smooth ripe tannic finish. A modernist wine for the ages, this reveals how magical the best modernist producers’ wines can be. Showing zero oak and boat loads of finesse. Bravo Elio Altare for your dedication to Barolo! Drink now-2036+. You can find the latest vintages for $80s-low $100s.