Goedhuis, February 2021
Brick red in colour. A very open style reflecting a harmonious fruit texture, vibrant, fresh red fruits and a sense of smoky earthiness. The graceful entry recedes as the wine builds in the palate to show a tannic breadth and noticeable bold fruit sensation. This has a fine sweetness of rich fruit and the touch of mocha on the finish makes for a wine of tremendous complexity.
Wine Advocate, November 2020,
Bold cherry, dried raspberry and myrtle add to the intensity and the brightness of the bouquet. The Altesino 2016 Brunello di Montalcino displays a lively and fruit-forward ensemble with an infectious and cheerful sense of energy. This is a tonic and crisp expression of Sangiovese with lifted berry aromas backed by subtle spice, tar and licorice gained over two years of barrel aging. This is a 110,000-bottle release (and a good buy for Brunello). Drink 2024-2042. Monica Larner, Wine Advocate.
James Suckling, November 2020,
Fresh violet, forest-floor and some pear-skin aromas, underneath brambleberries. Fresher style of Brunello. It's medium-bodied with silky tannins and a great balance between fresh-fruit and forest flavors. Drink after 2023.
Vinous, November 2020,
Remarkably pretty and poised yet packed full of potential, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino lifts with grace and elegance, showing dusty roses, wild strawberry, white smoke and hints of wet stone. It’s silky and refined, with cooling acids and minerals giving way to savory red berries and spice. Energy remains high, even as fine tannins create a classically dry and youthful expression, tapering off to violet florals, mocha and a hint of licorice that seems to linger for well over a minute. This is deceptively drinkable today, yet it has all of the necessary components to gain in weight and complexity over a decade or more of cellaring. Drink 2022 – 2034. Eric Guido, vinous.com.
Jancis Robinson, October 2020,
Mid ruby. Sweet and spicy, ripe and generous and a little bit savoury. Rounded texture and sweet-fruited. Lots of pleasure and good length. (JH)
Altesino is amongst the finest addresses in Montalcino, celebrated for producing wines with striking elegance, power and majesty, the epitome of regal Brunello. Set amongst the north eastern hills of Montalcino the imposing structure of the 15th century Palazzo Altesi overlooks the estate. Built by the Tuscan family Tricerchi, whose marble crest can still be seen set over the old oak entrance door, since 2002 Altesino has been owned by the Gnudi Angelini family. The winery’s outlook combines an essential respect for tradition with a forward-looking perspective, resulting in wine that retains the unique and high quality reputation of Brunello. From an emphasis on traditional methods of agriculture, the careful hand selection of the grapes, to the rose bushes overlooking the rows of vines, Altesino firmly focuses on quality, a principle that governs every aspect of life and work at the estate. Their Brunello is always a wine of drive and energy. Moving to the ‘Montosoli’, this is Altesino’s signature vineyard location. The Montosoli hill is the most enviable vineyard site in Montalcino in which only a handful of growers own vines. The style here reveals a distinctive stony, mineral character and poise that comes from the galestro soil. It is always a wine for the ages and one that will continue to develop well beyond the ‘straight Brunello’.
Located southwest of Chianti, Montalcino came into its own in the late 1880s when local producer,Biondi-Santi, discovered a Sangiovese clone in his vineyard that was darker in colour than the rest. Its colour, however, was not its only attribute. It produced a wine with notable body, structure and length. He named it ‘brunello' meaning little dark one. This grape's genetic properties along with Montalcino's relatively temperate climate combine to create a wine stylistically different to that of more northerly Chianti. They are usually released approximately 5 years after the vintage following 2 to 4 years ageing in wood. The denomination of Riserva indicates a wine usually produced with more concentrated grapes than the traditional cuvéeand requires a minimum of one additional year of ageing.Today, Montalcino has become one of the most sought after appellations in the Tuscan region.