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Date Printed: 11/23/2014
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2004
(search item no. 98385)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $48.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
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
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate 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:

Brunello is considered the "ambassador" of top quality Italian wines. This renowned and popular Brunello is made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes hand harvested from the Altesino, Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Macina and Pianezzine vineyards.

The ruby red color of this wine tends towards garnet with age. The bouquet displays ample aromas of violet, wild berries, tobacco, chocolate and vanilla. On the palate, Altesino Brunello is rich, full-bodied and velvety. With juicy tannins framing a balanced acidity, this Brunello is the wine of choice for rich dishes such as osso buco, pot roasts, barbecues and beef stew.

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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.