altesino, brunello di montalcino, montosoli 2013
Enticing aromas of ripe berry, chopped herb, new leather, tobacco and a whiff of eucalyptus all mingle together on this gorgeous, vibrant red. The stunning, savory palate boasts juicy red cherry, pomegranate, white pepper and star anise while firm refined tannins and vibrant acidity lend structure and balance. It’s already extraordinary and elegant but also young and primary, so give it time to fully develop. Drink 2023–2043.
Opulent aromas of plum, dark berry, flower and sandalwood. Full body. Dense yet vivid and energetic. Wonderful exotic character and intensity. Great finish. Drink in 2021.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This celebrated single-vineyard wine follows through with many of the attractive themes presented in the base Brunello, only you get more robust intensity and power here. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli is slightly more angular and edgy. You don't get the same immediate silkiness that you find in the non-vineyard-specific alternative. This wine plays up its structure with firm tannins and solid building blocks of red fruit and spice. There is a sweet note of clove or cinnamon on the close.
Balsamic notes of juniper, sage and eucalyptus are buried underneath the cherry and plum fruit in this expressive, supple red, which is dense and well-structured, with terrific balance and a long iron and saline aftertaste. Just a tad richer and broader than the blended Brunello. Best from 2021 through 2038.
The hallowed Montosoli hill is an unofficial cru in Montalcino's northern sector, bathed in sunlight throughout the entire day, on a clay-shale soil rich in fossils and stones. With 5ha, Altesino is one of eight landowners here, producing their first separate bottling in 1975. This has gorgeous, pure and precise aromas of red cherry, tea, rose and juniper. On the palate it deepens, becoming more balsamic but remaining brisk. It's hard to resist now, but time will reveal more complexity. Drinking Window 2018 - 2033