altesino brunello mntlcno montosoli 2015
40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
The extra force the company put behind Brunello is revealed in the concept of introducing the Cru: Montosoli is in fact a vineyard of about 5 hectares to the north east of Montalcino at an altitude between 350 and 400 metres, whose grapes were fermented and aged separately for the first time after the 1975 harvest. The composition of the soil (marly limestone and siliceous limestone representing the Alberese era with lithoid components dating from the same period), the unique position and particular microclimate contribute to ageing the grapes which produce an extremely complex and elegant wine. Brunello Montosoli has a deep ruby red colour which turns a garnet red with age. Its bouquet has outstanding character with hints of black cherry, blackberries, raspberries, violet, liquorice, vanilla and a slight accent of pink peppercorn. On the palate it reveals a dry, warm, velvety flavour, rich in substance and noble pedigree, ending with a warm note that lingers persuasively. Altesino has received important international recognition for its Cru Montosoli when Wine Spectator called it Italy's second most representative vineyard.
GRAPE: 100% Sangiovese
VINEYARD: The "Montosoli" hills, 380m a.s.l.
AGEING: 4 years (a minimum of 2 years in Slavonian oak barrels) and 3/4 months in the medium toasted Allier barriques
REFINEMENT: 4 months in bottle
ALCOHOL IN VOLUME: 13,50/14,00%
AGEING CAPACITY: 20-30 years or more
FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 1975
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 18 C
FOOD COMBINATION: Red meat, roasts and noble game. A great wine for meditation.
97 points - Wine Spectator
"Laced with ripe cherry, strawberry, floral, spice, iron and leather flavors, this red is complex and charming, yet with serious tannins that ply the structure and lift the long finish. The fine balance should facilitate longevity. (BS)"
95 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The Altesino 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (with 10,000 bottles made) shows a tight and firm delivery with the abundant fruit and the generous richness that is associated with this warm and sunny vintage. The wine is fermented in steel vats and ages in Slavonian oak casks for three years. The tannins are nicely integrated, however the wine's solid structure will carry it forward over the years. (ML)"
94 points - Jeb Dunnuck
"Warm with baking spice, the 2015 Brunello Riserva has comforting aromas of cherry pie and purple plum. Full of ripe fruit, the palate gives way to more vinous, savory characteristics of cherry pit, black licorice, and tea leaf. The 2015 was aged for four years in new and used Slavonian oak. This is a contemplative wine in the Altesino lineup which deserves time to show what its potential will hold. (AF)"
94 points - James Suckling
"A very pretty Brunello now with sweet berry, orange-peel and cedar aromas and flavors. It's full-bodied, yet refined and relatively soft with silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Fine tannins."
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