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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2003
Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2003
(search item no. 87366)

PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Rosso di Altesino is a wine designed for daily consumption by Altesino in 1989.
This idea has, in its turn, been adopted by other vineyards.
The wine is a blend of Sangiovese di Montalcino grapes with 20% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This wine is put on the market 10 months after the harvest. The colour is ruby red. The bouquet is fresh and overwhelming with rich aromas. The taste is dry, tasty and pure. It is an inviting and undemanding drink.
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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.