Altesino Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 (Tuscany, Italy) - [RP 95] [JS 95] [WE 93] [VM 93]

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015
(Tuscany, Italy) - [RP 95] [JS 95] [WE 93] [VM 93]

Regular price $70.00 Sale price $59.97 Save $10.03

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About this wine:
Altesino’s modern history begins with Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini, who purchased the estate in 2001 and at the same time purchased the Caparzo estate in the north of Montalcino. Altesino became the first Montalcino estate to introduce the concept of cru wines, made with a special selection of grapes from a single vineyard, in this case Motosoli, one of their seven vineyard sites, with its first vintage in 1975. The winery has two full-time winemakers, Simone Giunti and Alessandro Ciacci, both firmly committed to maintaining Altesino’s hard-earned reputation as a Montalcino institution and a global leader in innovative winemaking.

According to Vinous Media reviewer Eric Guido,
"The Altesino winery is located on the northern side of Montalcino, yet it farms vineyards throughout the north, south and eastern parts of the region, with elevations ranging from 180 meters in the east, up to 300 meters in the north on the hill of Montosoli. Consulting enologist, Paolo Caciorgna, believes that it’s within the diversity of their many different terroir that they are able to succeed in most vintages, a comment that is validated by the straight Brunello and Riserva of the house, both of which I’ve ranked highly amongst their peers in most vintages."

GRAPE: Sangiovese 100%
AGEING: 4 years (a minimum of 2 years in oak barrels)
REFINEMENT: 4 months in bottle
ALCOHOL IN VOLUME: 13,00/14,00%
AGEING CAPABILITY: 20 years or more
FOOD COMBINATION: Red meat, roasts, noble game and medium aged cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The Altesino 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows beautiful depth and latitude, with broad fruit aromas of dark cherry and cassis that recall the warmth and golden sunlight of the vintage. The wine is deceivingly streamlined in terms of mouthfeel, but that slim and buttoned-down backbone supports a broad range of flavors and sensations, from lavender essence and camphor ash to moist soil and toasted spice. All of these elements are delivered with impressive harmony and unity, and I expect that this wine will continue on a slow, steady and satisfying aging trajectory over the next 10 years or more. Fruit is sourced from across 21 hectares of vines with tufaceous limestone soils and Alberese rock, which contributes to the freshness and balanced structure of the wine. The wine was bottled in June 2019 (with 150,000 bottles made), and this wine was released in January 2020." - Monica Larner (Jan 2020)

95 Points - James Suckling:
"Terracotta, earth, iron filings, cedar and leather make for an undergrowth-driven Brunello 2015, which doesn’t fall short in the fruit department either, where there are red plums and red cherries. The tannins are neatly stacked, one on top of the other, with tidy acidity drawing in vibrant fruit and keeping it taut throughout. Balanced and stylish. Drink from 2023." (8 Sep, 2019)

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Aromas of underbrush, leather, camphor and wild berry form the nose. On the elegant, medium bodied palate, licorice and clove accent a core of juicy black cherry while polished tannins lend refined support. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced." - KK (5/1/2020)

93 Points - Vinous Media:
"Altesino's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers a rich yet classic expression of Sangiovese fruit, showing ripe red berries coated in dusty earth tones, with hints of leather and dried florals completing the picture. On the palate, brisk acids frame silky textures, creating a polished expression of red and black fruits, savory spice and saline-minerals. The finish is long yet fresh, as cooling mint and licorice tones carry remnants of red berry fruit hovering above a core of fine tannins." - Eric Guido (Apr 2020)