Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 2015 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 2015

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Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 2015
$129.99

SKU 02948

750ml Bottle

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Altesino is a reference point producer in Brunello di Montalcino, sought after in every vintage, especially in the top vintages. As region innovators, they introduced the 'Cru' concept with their 'Montosoli' wine in 1975; they also were the first to experiment with barriques in '79; and produced in '77 of the first Grappa di Fattoria under the consultancy of the master distiller Gioacchino Nannoni. An intense relationship has built up over forty years with the land full of history, with its almost sensual beauty that is physically perceived and its subtle charm. This is the philosophy that inspires Altesino to produce wine and maintain its culture.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Region Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
Brand Altesino
Alcohol/vol 14%
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Wine EnthusiastUnderbrush, mature berry and exotic spice aromas mingle with a whiff of leather. Firmly structured and linear, the palate features ripe Marasca cherry, cranberry, licorice and tobacco while tightly wound, fine-grained tannins provide the backbone. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced. Give it time to fully develop. Drink 2023-2035.

Kerin O'Keefe, May 1, 2020
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VinousThe 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli has a dark, hauntingly beautiful bouquet, displaying ripe blackberry and cherry with spicy, dark florals, as well as a hint of animal musk, which manages to ground the experience in the earth. On the palate, velvety textures, offset by tart red and black fruits, with juicy acidity maintain balance, as sweet cherries and rosemary give way to a core of minerality and hints of fine tannin. It finishes long and elegant, showing dark inner florals, ripe blackberry and lingering sweet spices. It's interesting to taste this next to the classic Brunello from 2015, as I find them to be equally enjoyable, but for completely different reasons.

Eric Guido, April 2020
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Wine AdvocateAltesino's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli shows those celebrated characteristics of this special vineyard cru that are always portrayed with pronounced mineral intensity, with highlights of crushed granite and pencil shaving. Indeed, Altesino's five-hectare Montosoli vineyard sees a greater concentration of clay schist Galestro rock, and the vineyard altitude (at 350 meters above sea level) adds to the wine's perceived freshness. In this case, those mineral notes are applied with small brush strokes, as the core of the wine is occupied by wild fruit and forest berry. Medicinal herb and rosemary essence appear quietly at the back. This is a very compact and bright wine with young tannins and solid structure. It has all the attributes you look for in a candidate that can withstand long cellar aging. I'd suggest waiting five years or more before popping this cork. Some 19,000 bottles were filled in July 2019, and the wine was released in January 2020.

Monica Larner, January 31, 2020
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Wine SpectatorRich and round, featuring cherry, raspberry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors. Graceful and intense, showing terrific balance, with a long, fruit-, tobacco- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Exhibits fine purity and freshness. Best from 2023 through 2040. 1,600 cases made, 400 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, June 30, 2020