Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2001
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.
Open, very persistent and clean, with wonderful aromas of blackberries, raspberries, coffee, spices and vanilla.
Rich, powerful, extremely concentrated yet elegant and velvety. The silky and ripe tannins make it particularly smooth to the palate. Loads of plum, dark cherry and licorice and a very very long finish. A wine that will keep and further improve for many years.
"From an estate near the town of Tavernelle, just southwest of Montalcino, this brunello makes a powerful statement. It is both heady and rich in its black fruit, while giving no ground on brooding tannin and acidity. The structure developed through aging two years in 500-liter French tonneaux, followed by two years in bottle. It feels tough and austere, yet it also feels fresh, the fruit balancing that toughness with gentleness. Tremendously long, extremely concentrated, powerfully extracted and still elegant, this has a long life ahead."
Wine & Spirits
"Deep, bright red-ruby. Primal aromas of blackberry, licorice, mocha, iron and game, with a distinctly wild, reduced aspect. Sweet, intensely flavored and gripping. This expands impressively toward the back while maintaining its shape. A wine of penetrating sweetness and terrific extract. Firmly tannic on the dense, palate-coating finish but the tannins are a bit sweeter than those of the normal.
International Wine Cellar
"Lots of bright fruit and licorice with just a hint of wood. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish."
"The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Altero is the estate's more modern Brunello. A saturated ruby, it offers an expressive, perfumed nose along with nuances of scorched earth, toasted oak, licorice and sweet dark fruit in a richly concentrated, expansive style. This deeply-flavored Brunello will require a few years to integrate and should drink well for at least another decade. Extended aeration is not suggested with this wine, however. Tasted alongside the regular bottling a day after opening, the Altero was less impressive than it was the day before, while the regular bottling was still developing positively. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2019."
The Wine Advocate
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Paola Gloder has one of Montalcino's most elevated estates, with vineyards averaging 1476 feet above sea level, southwest of the famed medieval citadel. Both the unique location and altitude privilege the wines of Poggio Antico. The lower hillside terroir south of Montalcino is conducive to powerful and opulent Brunellos. This, combined with the estate's vineyard elevations --...
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One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...
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Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...
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