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.
"Beautiful and perfumed, with blackberry and black cherry aromas. Full-bodied and long, with chewy tannins. Very fresh and balanced."
"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."
"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."
The Wine Advocate
"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."
International Wine Cellar