Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Brunello can only be described as 'Riserva' if it has been aged for 5 years. It is produced in only the best years, in a limited number of bottles for truly passionate wine-lovers. This garnet red wine has a clear aroma of humus and a broad, complex, ethereal aroma. It lingers in the mouth with an austere, fascinating character, revealing a structure of great depth and power.
"This stunning wine boasts loads of character that peels off as aromatic layers of cherry, cassis, soapy wild flowers, violets, earth, cola and church incense. There's a sweet spice element of cinnamon and nbutmeg and all the flavors last long on the finish. It's tempered, elegant and smooth overall. Cellar Selection."
"The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva emerges from the glass with a sweet, open bouquet of menthol, red cherries, licorice, spices, and cedar. This is a relatively understated, delicate Riserva, with finessed, silky tannins that frame a long, lingering finish. The Riserva is quite open and accessible today; the only question mark is whether it has enough depth to support extended cellaring. In 2004 the Riserva is composed predominantly of fruit from the northern section of Montalcino (81%), while the remainder of the fruit is sourced from vines in Castelnuovo dell’Abate. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2024.
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