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1997 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli

Light capsule condition issue; base neck fill

ITEM 8321176 - Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar

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$135
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RATINGS

98Wine Spectator

Complex aromas of grilled meat and cherry, with hints of cedar and tobacco turning to plums and flowers. Full-bodied and extremely well-structured, with well-integrated tannins and ripe and concentrated fruit.

93Robert M. Parker Jr.

A deep garnet color accompanies huge, sweet aromas of roasted herbs, red and black currants, cherries, earth, incense, tobacco, and soy. This chewy, full-bodied, spectacular Brunello...

92Vinous / IWC

...nicely delineated, fresh flavors of anise, mocha and roasted coffee, the whole supported by very soft tannins, and the rather smoky close conveying an essence of raspberry.

17Jancis Robinson

Explosive. Quite jagged. Very classic. Chewy.

#22 of 2002Wine Spectator Top 100

PRODUCER

Altesino

Altesino is in Montosoli, Tuscany. It is in the Brunello di Montalcino appellation, and its signature wines are its Brunellos. The estate is located in a 14th century palazzo with 100 acres of vineyards. Founded in 1972, the winery is today is owned by Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini. Besides Brunellos, the estate also makes several Super Tuscans. Vineyards are planted primarily to Sangiovese di Montalcino, with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Viognier, Trebbiano and Malvasia.

REGION

Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is regarded as one of Italy’s best appellations. Located in south central Tuscany below Chianti, the wines of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG are made of a Sangiovese clone called “brunello,” which means “little dark one,” a reference to the brown tones in the skin of the grape. Unlike some Tuscan appellations that allow other grapes to be blended with Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino is entirely Sangiovese. Montalcino itself is a picturesque, hill-top town not especially well known for wine production until the mid-19th century, when a local vineyard owner isolated the brunello clone and planted it. Other growers followed suit. Nevertheless it wasn’t until 1970s that wine enthusiasts started paying attention to Brunello di Montalcino, which by then was becoming an outstanding wine. Today there are 120 estates in the DOCG, up from about 25 estates in 1975. Brunellos in general are bigger, darker, more tannic and more powerful wines than Chiantis or most other Sangioveses. By law they must be aged for four years, and two of those years must be in wooden barrels.