This renowned and popular Brunello is made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes hand harvested from the Altesino, Montosoli and Velona vineyards. Aged in large Slovenian barrels for three and a half years, Altesino Brunello is also refined in bottle for four months.
This wine is a brilliant ruby red, tending toward brownish red when aged. Its bouquet is intense, pure and refined, reminiscent of sweet violet, tobacco and chocolate with pleasant hints of wild berries and vanilla. Flavour fully confirms these expectations. The alcohol is well-balanced and the wine is full-bodied with good tannins and a very solid structure.
"Medium red. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, blood orange, minerals, mocha and cocoa powder: I was reminded of Burgundy. Wonderfully tight and perfumed in the mouth, with superb youthful definition to the raspberry and floral flavors. Perfumed and light on its feet. Finishes sharply delineated, firmly tannic and impressively long. With three full days in the recorked bottle, this wine became denser and more minerallly, offering a leathery hint and terrific sexy breadth."
International Wine Cellar
"Smells like red Burgundy, with floral, cherry, woodsy and graphite aromas and flavors. Sweet and silky, underscored by firm, integrated tannins. Distinctive and delicious. Best from 2013 through 2022"
"The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a gracious, classy wine. Sweet red cherries, flowers, mint and spices are just some of the aromas and flavors that emerge from this mid-weight, restrained Brunello. In 2006 Altesino’s Brunello impresses for its balance, freshness and finessed tannins. It isn’t a blockbuster, but it will drink well upon release and over the next decade or so, perhaps longer. Floral notes waft from the glass on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. "
Vinous / Antonio Galloni