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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 1997
Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 1997
(search item no. 53085)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $84.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Altesino is one of the best producers of Brunello di Montalcino, and its single-vineyard Brunello, Montosoli, is the benchmark wine. It shows the power and finesse that Sangiovese can produce in the unique soils and climate of the region. Since the estate was founded in the mid-1970s, Montosoli has only been made in seven vintages: 1975, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995 and 1997. I gave the 1997, a complex yet reserved red with a long future ahead of it, a rating of 98 points.
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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.