Altesino

Altesino

Altesino Rosso Tuscana IGT

A blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Altesino Rosso Tuscana IGT Reviews

93 Points James Suckling

Extremely fruity and pretty with sliced berry, chocolate and hints of cedar. Medium to full body, fine and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold.

Altesino Palazzo d’Altesi Sangiovese Toscana IGT

Named after the main villa at Altesino, this is a modern take on a Tuscan classic. Made entirely from Sangiovese grapes that are hand-selected from the prestigious Montosoli vineyard. One third of the grapes undergo carbonic maceration and the entire batch is then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. To provide additional elegance, Palazzo Altesi is aged in Allier barriques for approximately one year.

Altesino Palazzo d’Altesi Sangiovese Toscana IGT Reviews

93 Points James Suckling

Aromas of cherries and blackberries with hints of flowers following through to medium body. Fine tannins and a lovely, juicy finish. Very fine-grained.

91 Points Wine Spectator

A polished red, featuring a core of black cherry and blueberry flavors graced by vanilla, toast, leather and tobacco notes. Structured, with the balance to drink now or age short term.

Altesino Alte d`Altesi Toscana IGT

The name of the wine refers to the fact that the classic blend of equal parts Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are all sourced from some of the highest elevations on the estate. The grapes are hand-harvested in the months of September and October. After a maceration period of two weeks, the wine is aged in Allier barriques for approximately one year.

Altesino Alte d`Altesi Toscana IGT Reviews

92 Points James Suckling

Aromatic and very fresh with cherries, orange peel and flowers. Medium body with hints of spices and a medium finish. Just a hint of caramel and light coffee, highlighting the finish.

91 Points Wine Enthusiast

A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this elegant red opens with aromas of ripe black-skinned berry, sunbaked earth and whiff of violet. The taut linear palate offers dried black cherry, black currant, clove and tobacco set against fine-grained tannins.

Altesino Rosso di Montalcino DOC

Altesino makes this Rosso di Montalcino entirely from select Sangiovese Grosso grapes sourced from the younger vines in the Altesino, Pianezzine, Macina, and Castelnuovo dell’Abate vineyards. After the fermentation process in stainless steel, the wine ages in large barrels of varied maturity for six to eight months followed by three months in bottle. The final wine is a perfect and accessible introduction to the terroir of Montalcino.

2015 Altesino Rosso di Montalcino DOC Reviews

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes hand-harvested from the Altesino, Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Macina, and Pianezzine vineyards.

2013 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Reviews

95 Points Wine Spectator

An intense perfume of juniper, bay laurel, sage, rose and berry marks this silky red. The structure is there, yet superb balance and refined tannins help this retain elegance through the long finish. Almost ethereal in its presence.

94 Points James Suckling

A wealth of ripe fruit with spice, orange peel and cherry. Full body, fine tannins and a bright and vivid finish.

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is absolutely unique in terms of its aromatic display. To me, the nose is particularly beautiful because I have a preference for balsamic notes of cola, mint or medicinal herb….You get those in spades here. These aromas are often more prominent in cooler vintages like 2013 in the Brunello appellation.

In this case, they resemble intense eucalyptus. There is subtle fruit at the back, with wild berry and plum. The mouthfeel here is absolutely silky, fresh and streamlined. It is stitched finely together like lace. I am curious to see how a wine like this ages and whether the aromas hold tight or eventually fall flat. I would suggest a slightly shorter drinking window. But for now, this is my kind of Brunello. Bottoms up!

93 Points Vinous

Bright red. Extremely perfumed aromas of violet and raspberry on the enticing nose. Then more raspberry, but also blueberry and strawberry flavors and a strong juicy fruit-cocktail-like quality on the palate that persists nicely. Really lovely Brunello bursting at the seams with fresh bright fruit, and already utterly irresistible now. I had trouble not gulping my glass down all at once.

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

This medium-bodied red opens with earthy aromas of underbrush, violet and chopped aromatic herb. The racy linear palate doles out sour cherry, pomegranate and licorice alongside firm acidity and a backbone of fine-grained tannins.

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli DOCG

This small vineyard produced one of Italy’s first “cru” wines. Located at the top of Altesino’s vineyards is the prestigious Montosoli vineyard where ancient limestone soils with the 360 degree exposure combine to yield a Brunello of exceptional style and elegance.

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli DOCG Reviews

99 Points Wine Enthusiast

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.

98 Points  James Suckling

Opulent aromas of plum, dark berry, flower and sandalwood. Full body. Dense yet vivid and energetic. Wonderful exotic character and intensity. Great finish.

97 Points Vinous

Good full pale ruby-red. Knockout aromas and flavors of red cherry, raspberry, licorice and minerals, complicated by hints of iris and violet. Extremely suave and polished on the extremely long, pure, mineral finish. Deeper, richer, more tannic and longer than the lovely 2013 Brunello Classico from Altesino, this is an absolutely beautiful Brunello. I especially like that the pristine, refined aromas and flavors of the famed Montosoli site are showcased to maximum effect here. One of the best Brunellos of the vintage.

97 Points Wine Spectator

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 excellent balance and a long iron and saline aftertaste. Just a tad richer and broader than the blended Brunello.

92 Points Decanter

The hallowed Montosoli hill is an unofficial cru, bathed in sunlight the whole day. This has pure, gorgeous and precise aromas of red cherry, tea, rose, and juniper. On the palate it deepens, becoming more balsamic but remaining brisk. Hard to resist now, but time will reveal more complexity.

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

This special, limited edition wine is made only in spectacular vintages and in small quantities from 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes hand harvested from the Altesino, Macina, Pianezzine and Castelnuovo dell’Abate vineyards. This riserva is produced only in the best years in very limited quantities.

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG Reviews

98 Points Wine Spectator

This delivers intense balsamic notes of juniper, wild rosemary and sage, along with rose, cherry and berry aromas and flavors. Elegant and saturated with flavor, supported by a vibrant structure. Ends with energy and refined tannins.

94 Points James Suckling

Plenty of dark cherry essence, blackberry pie, a touch of plum liqueur, baking spices, charcuterie, resin and dried herbs. The palate echoes the richness of the nose with no shortage of dried-fruit flavors, while also embracing tightly wound tannins and a streak of refreshing acidity.

94 Points Vinous

Deep red. Captivating floral nuances complement red cherry, mineral and tobacco elements on the nose and on the very suave palate. Surprisingly light-bodied for a Brunello Riserva, but perfumed and very refined. This outstanding Brunello Riserva boasts a finish that lasts and lasts.

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Sporting a medium dark color, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is the most robust and powerful wine among these new releases from Altesino. More than its Riserva status (that requires an extra year of aging compared to base Brunello), that richness is a result of the dry and hot 2012 growing season. You really feel the tightness, blackness and the alcohol of the fruit here. By the way, the alcohol is 15%, so it is indeed high for Sangiovese. There is a note of cherry sweetness on the close. Thankfully, there is also enough natural acidity to bring the wine back to center and balance. But the overall complexity is diminished in favor of muscle and brawn.

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

Forest floor, pipe tobacco, leather and eucalyptus aromas abound on this full-bodied red. The taut firmly structured palate offers dried black cherry, raspberry preserve, licorice and dried herb set against tightly packed fine-grained tannins. You’ll also detect the warmth of alcohol on the close.

Altesino Vin Santo Val d`Arbia DOC

Vin Santo, which translates as “holy wine” in Italian, is a traditional sweet wine from Tuscany. This dessert wine is made from Malvasia and Trebbiano Toscano, which are dried for three to six months. The fermentation and aging processes take place over eight years in chestnut caratelli (small wooden casks), resulting in a wine of incredible complexity and concentration.

2010 Altesino Vin Santo Val d`Arbia DOC Tasting Notes

Vin Santo Val d’Arbia has a captivating amber color replete with golden reflections. On the nose, it is rich and complex with hints of roasted almonds, honey, and dried apricots. Its full-bodied flavors of sweet, dried fruits persist long into the finish.