91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013
(Altare bottled these 2010 Barolos at the end of July): Good bright medium red. Precise if youthfully subdued aromas of cherry, redcurrant, red licorice, minerals and menthol. Dense, saline and concentrated but youthfully closed, showing a distinct menthol austerity today along with the superb energy of the vintage. Finishes subtle and very long, with serious but sweet tannins. An excellent basic Barolo bottling, and not a wine to drink early.
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