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Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Reserve 2003

Member Review by ztucket:

Outstanding Brunelllo. Hiitting its mark now, but still has 5 more years in the tank.

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Region: Italy » Tuscany » Montalcino

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Winery: Altesino
Color: Red
Varietal: Sangiovese
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Altesino:
Altesino’s fascinating ageing cellars are situated within the historic walls of Palazzo Altesi, while advanced technical facilities for processes such as fermentation, ageing and bottling are located in a building set into the side of the hill overlooking the vineyards. Altesino has always been dedicated to producing top quality wines, which is why so much attention is devoted to every... Read more
Altesino’s fascinating ageing cellars are situated within the historic walls of Palazzo Altesi, while advanced technical facilities for processes such as fermentation, ageing and bottling are located in a building set into the side of the hill overlooking the vineyards. Altesino has always been dedicated to producing top quality wines, which is why so much attention is devoted to every single detail at every stage in production, marketing, communications and image. Read less

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Vintage: 1997 08/19/2009

Outstanding Brunelllo. Hiitting its mark now, but still has 5 more years in the tank.


External Reviews for Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Reserve

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Vintage: 1997 05/24/2011

Bright, dark red. Complex nose melds cherry, sweet spices, herbs and woodsy, truffley underbrush. Juicy, brisk and penetrating on the palate, with highly aromatic but rather cool red berry and floral flavors. Very youthful wine, finishing with lovely length and lift, and late notes of currant, cherry and leather. The tannins dust the front teeth. Needs six or seven years of additional bottle aging.


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Vintage: 1997 05/24/2011

Strangely this one has a nose of Italian bitters, anise and pine. It's not a warm, ripe wine. What it does give is tight, dry cherry and berry flavors with layers of complexity and intrigue. Not very woody or chewy. More old school and an enigma among so many forward, fruity compatriots.


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Vintage: 1997 05/24/2011

Outstandingly fresh aromas of roses, berries and spicy oak with hints of incense. Full-bodied, with silky and caressing tannins and a long, finely textured finish. A very pretty wine already. Hard to resist. Best after 2005.


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Vintage: 1997 09/03/2011

...Altesino's medium to full-bodied 1997 Brunello di Montalcino boasts a dense ruby/garnet color in addition to aromas of creosote, new saddle leather, figs, plums, dried herbs, and white flowers. It is a meaty, complex, accessible, concentrated yet ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Sangiovese Grosso wine from Tuscany in Italy. 1997 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 750ml


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Vintage: 1997 05/24/2011

This relatively large estate continues to produce some of the most elegant, balanced, yet ageworthy wines in the district. Winemaking here is fairly straightforward, with an eye to preserving primary fruit and retaining the character of the terroirs. As at most of the more progressive estates today, the wines are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The Brunello grapes usually see a two-week cuvaison. About 30% of the Montosoli Brunello gets three to six months' aging in barriques. Those who say that modern Brunello doesn't age well need only regard older vintages of Altesino's wines. This is a first-rate estate, whose wines in lesser years, while slighter, still show very good balance and drinkability.


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Vintage: 1997 05/24/2011

Altesino's medium to full-bodied 1997 Brunello di Montalcino boasts a dense ruby/garnet color in addition to aromas of creosote, new saddle leather, figs, plums, dried herbs, and white flowers. It is a meaty, complex, accessible, concentrated yet still young, vigorous Brunello with good underlying acidity and moderated tannin. It can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years.


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Vintage: 1997 05/24/2011

Ruby red in color when young, with garnet nuances which tend to be enhanced with age. Very intense and persistent on the nose with aromas of violet and ripe plum that also appear on the palate. firm tannins that need to become round.


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