Brunello can only be described as 'Riserva' if it has aged for five years in the cellar. Only produced during the best years, with a limited number of bottles, Brunello Riserva is destined for truly passionate lovers of wine. This garnet red wine has a clear aroma of humus and a broad, complex and ethereal aroma. It maintains such an austere and fascinating character on the palate, emphasising its structure of great depth and power.
"A fine expression of place, this intense red exhibits wild underbrush, iron and raw meat notes complemented by
cherry, raspberry and leather. There’s a firm backbone of acidity and tannins, but this stays balanced, with a long
aftertaste of mineral and spice. Best from 2014 through 2030."
"Good full, bright red. Very pure but subdued nose hints at raspberry, high-pitched spices and blood orange. Tactile, suave and deep, with ripe but firm raspberry and cherry fruit flavors complemented by saline minerality, leather and a strong floral quality that mounts inexorably on the back end. Tighter and higher-pitched than Altesino's two 2007 releases--no surprise in light of the different styles of these two vintage. Really resounds on the aromatic aftertaste. This wine showed even deeper red fruits and spices with extended time in the recorked bottle, combining almost Burgundian perfume with Brunello tannins and structure."
International Wine Cellar
"Complex aromas of dried mushrooms, flowers and dark fruits follow though to a full body with fine tannins and a chocolate, dried meat and dark fruit aftertaste. Wonderful depth of fruit and balance. Drink now."
"The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (from Montosoli) is a rich, sumptuous wine bursting with sweet black cherries, incense, licorice and tobacco. The 2006 Riserva boasts fabulous depth to match a full-bodied personality that is highly appealing. With air, the Riserva is approachable today, but it has the depth to continue to evolve for many years. This is a fabulous showing from Altesino. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026."
The Wine Advocate