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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
(search item no. 106390)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $95.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
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
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brunello can only be described as 'Riserva' if it has been aged for 5 years. It is produced in only the best years, in a limited number of bottles for truly passionate wine-lovers. This garnet red wine has a clear aroma of humus and a broad, complex, ethereal aroma. It lingers in the mouth with an austere, fascinating character, revealing a structure of great depth and power.
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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.