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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2003
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2003
(search item no. 90319)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $46.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes harvested from the Altesino, Montosoli and Velona vineyards. The wine is aged in large Slovenian barrels where it remains for 3 and a half years prior to bottling. The ruby red color of this wine tends toward garnet with age. The bouquet displays ample aromas of violet and vanilla. On the palate, it is rich and velvety with balanced fruit, acidity and tannin.
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About Altesino:

Though the worldwide reputation of Brunello has encouraged a certain conservatism among Montalcino estates, Altesino has always been an innovative leader. The estate pioneered the technique of aging its IGT wines in small French oak barrels, limiting the time spent in oak to enhance each wine's personality. The resulting wines were a groundbreaking improvement over those produced by traditional methods. No longer overwhelmed by wood, they were able to display the unique characteristics of the fruit, with softened tannins and perfect balance.

Not content to rest on its laurels, Altesino became the first Montalcino estate to introduce the concept of "cru" wines, made with a special selection of grapes from a single vineyard. Elegance, finesse, and a fruitier, richer style are the trademarks of Altesino's wines, and have earned the estate a position among the very top producers of Brunello. This achievement is even more impressive considering Brunello is perhaps the most recognized Italian appellation.

When the winery was purchased at the end of 2002 by the Angelini family, owners of nearby Tenuta Caparzo, winemaker Claudio Basla remained with the estate, emphasizing his commitment to maintaining Altesino's hard-earned reputation as a Montalcino institution and a global leader in innovative winemaking.