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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2008
Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2008
(search item no. 105706)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 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:

Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso hand-harvested from younger vines in the Altesino and Velona estate vineyards. The must remains in contact with the skins for 7-10 days. After fermentation, the wine is aged in large Slovenian oak barrels for eight months.

This classic Rosso offers a brilliant ruby-red color with intoxicating aromas of ripened blackberries and dark cherries. On the palate, the wine is round, rich and well-balanced with a fruit-forward profile coupled with hints of leather. Recommended with pasta with meat sauces, and hearty game or beef casseroles.

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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.