Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2003

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

$118.00 $71.99
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Item No. 122336
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE91
  • WS91
  • RP90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2001
  • W&S94
  • ST92
  • WS91
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Winemaker's Notes

Extremely dark and concentrated. 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.

Critical Acclaim

"Beautiful and perfumed, with blackberry and black cherry aromas. Full-bodied and long, with chewy tannins. Very fresh and balanced."
91 Points

"This vineyard selection offers a compact and clean aromatic package that hits all the right notes without being overdone. Blackberry, cherry, vanilla and spice chime in on the palate and help drive the wine’s long, chewy finish."
91 Points

"The 2003 Brunello di Montalcino Altero offers attractive density as flowers, spices, ripe red fruit, chocolate and sweet toasted oak flow from the glass. The wine possesses outstanding nuance and complexity. In this vintage the use of smaller French oak barrels is somewhat penalizing as it accentuates the hard, unripe tannins that are already present in the fruit. As is often the case, the Altero presents a more immediate, rounder style than the regular bottling, but it also develops faster once opened."
90 Points

"Dark, bright red-ruby. Very different on the nose than the regular release, revealing an almost liqueur-like ripeness to its cherry fruit. Ripe, broad and sweet, with a more open-knit texture and considerably more volume than the normale There's plenty of vanillin oak here but has the breadth and sweetness of material to support it. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and lingering sweetness. Not especially gripping, but there's no shortage of concentration here."
90 Points

Learn About Poggio Antico

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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Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) 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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Learn About Sangiovese

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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