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2001 Altesino - Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli Sangiovese - Italy - Tuscany - Brunello di Montalcino - Red

Italy - Tuscany - Brunello di Montalcino

Red Sangiovese
WA 87
WS 96
Drink Dates
Comm: 2009-2018 WA: 2011-2021 WS: 2008+
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750ml $89.95

Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 127

($95) Good deep red. Nutty oak, coffee and pineapple on the nose. Juicy, oaky and tightly wound; dense but cool. Began rather stern but grew sweeter with aeration, finishing with substantial tannins that avoid dryness. A second sample showed aromas of nectarine and coconut and finished leathery and dry. This wine is outside my parameters for Brunello. (Winebow, Inc., Hohokus, NJ)

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WA 87
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 168
Drink Dates 2011-2021

Altesino is located in a spectacular spot that affords views of Montosoli, the hillside from which the estate makes its most famous Brunello. In past years I have enjoyed this producer's wines very much, often purchasing them for my own cellar. Unfortunately the estate's 2001s have proven to be very inconsistent in my multiple tastings of the wines. I can only recommend the Montosoli, with the caveat that my notes refer to Lot # 5343 (indicated on US Importer Leonardo LoCascio's back label). There are four bottlings of the Brunello and two of the Montosoli, and bottles of both wines purchased in Europe have shown significant variation. Altesino's 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli (Lot#5343) presents notes of chocolate, toasted oak, earthiness and super-ripe fruit on a full-bodied, ample frame with modest complexity. Underyling notes of mustiness and greenness convey an overall impression of rusticity that is out of character for Altesino, making this Brunello one of the vintage's few notable underachievers. This was the best of the three bottles of this wine I have tasted so far.

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WS 96
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2008+

Very beautiful aromas of flowers, ripe fruit and crushed blackberries. Full-bodied yet refined. Layers of tannins. Balanced. Montosoli is a great Brunello vineyard. 1,500 cases made.

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Author Charley
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.639%
Tasted On 01/11/2014
Drink Dates

Had over two nights, probably better on the second. Had on first night with Il Poggione Riserva and this wine was no where as good, which was kind of unfair. Solid juice.

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Author Arnie
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 01/02/2013

Really needs the right food pairing to bring out the best in the wine. Also recommend decanting for more than an hour.

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Author Jito72
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.544%
Tasted On 09/04/2010
Drink Dates 2008-2015

Excellent sangiovese! nice sample of a true, classic Brunello. Start to enjoy now. Decant 1 hr

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Author Mark M693
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.875%
Tasted On 01/05/2007
Drink Dates 2011-2021

Great wine with tomato sauce. Not so great by itself

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