2001 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes harvested from the Altesino, Montosoli and Velona vineyards. The wine is aged in large Slovenian barrels where it remains for 3 and a half years prior to bottling. The ruby red color of this wine tends toward garnet with age. The bouquet displays ample aromas of violet and vanilla. On the palate, it is rich and velvety with balanced fruit, acidity and tannin.
International Wine CellarGood medium cherry-red with a pale rim. Perfumed aromas of dusty cherry and spicy, nutty oak, with some odd white fruit notes of orange zest and apricot. Suave and sweet on entry, then distinctly exotic in the middle palate, with flavors of peach, apricot and honeysuckle framed by ripe acids. Finishes with dusty, firm tannins and good length. A second sample showed similar white fruit elements and finished with a dry edge. If I smelled this wine out of a black glass, I would have thought I was dr...
CellarTracker Community Tasting NotesCommunity Tasting Notes (average 90.3 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 3 notes)
Wine SpectatorRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 04/30/06
Vintage ChartRating for Italy-Tuscany: 94 (good year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: young, aging quickly, could be good now<br/>