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Claudio Alario is solid. Unflashy and charming he is the embodiment of his own wines which have more to them than immediately meets the eye. The winery dates back to the 1900’s when Claudio’s grandfather was supplying grapes to other wineries. Three generations later Claudio had the conviction (and, as it turns out, ability) to produce very fine wines of his own from the family’s prime vineyards in Verduno, Serralunga d’Alba and Diano D’Alba. He is respected as one of the finest producers in Diano D’Alba. Having trained at the Istituto Superiore di Agraria in 1988 his first wine was a Dolcetto, a grape that has remained his first love. This was followed by Barbera, Nebbiolo, and, in 1995, his first Barolo. He now produces no fewer than three separate, single vineyard Dolcettos. From his beguiling Dolcetto to the complex yet approachable Barolo Riva which has won accolades to rival many of the region’s finest, his wines are invariably beautifully made, marrying profundity and richness to accessibility; tannins and acidity to ripe fruit. Diano D’Alba rises to a height of 500m above sea level to dominate the landscape of the Langhe hills. The area is best-known for its Dolcetto but also has vineyards in Barolo territory sandwiched between Grinzane and Serralunga.
First produced in 1995 in the area of Verduno which has proved particularly well suited...