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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2004
Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2004
(search item no. 93061)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $13.79

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
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

As a result of no wood contact, this Rosso has a vibrant ruby red color and a fresh bouquet with scents of ripe forest fruits. Inviting and fragrant on the palate, it offers excellent body and sound structure.

An excellent value, Rosso di Altesino is the wine of choice for pasta, white meats and semi-soft cheese.

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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.