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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
(search item no. 61444)
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $83.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Multidimensional on the nose, with berries, leather and flowers, but soon turns to grilled meat and very ripe fruit. Full-bodied, with a firm, yet balanced palate, with lots of ripe, almost raisin character and chewy tannins. This goes on for a long time. Big and powerful. It needs time. Best after 2005. 1,200 cases made. (JS)
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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.