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Brunello di Montalcino Altesino 2018 (3L)
93 points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The Altesino 2018 Brunello di Montalcino is an especially graceful wine with tart fruit, clean mineral lines and a mid-weight approach. Like other wines from this vintage, the 2018s are more accessible than, say, the 2016s or the 2013s. You can drink the wine soon or choose to cellar it a bit longer. The young tannins are nearly fully approachable, and the wine ends with dryness and ample freshness. This is a generous production of 120,000 bottles.” 03/23
92 Points, Eric Guido, Vinous: "Wild strawberries, roses, lavender and hints of flowery underbrush form a vividly fruity yet earthy bouquet as the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino opens in the glass. This is round, nearly juicy in character, with ripe red and black berries that cascade across a core of silty </br>minerality. It leaves only a light coating of tannin while tapering off with a flourish of inner sweetness and floral tones, as nuances of licorice slowly fade. This may not be classic Brunello from Altesino, but can't argue with how incredibly delicious it is." 10/22
95 Points, James Suckling: "This has fantastic intensity with concentrated hazelnut, chocolate and dark berry aromas alongside dried flower and dried orange undertones. Firm and medium- to full-bodied, with powerful yet integrated tannins. Excellent structural integrity. Try in 2024." 11/22
92 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator: “Rich and fruity, evoking plum, cherry, iron, tobacco and eucalyptus flavors. This has a bit more flesh to offset the dusty tannins, with a lingering, fresh finish. Best from 2025 through 2042. 11,000 cases made, 400 cases imported.” 2023
92 Points, Micheala Morris, Decanter: "With vineyards throughout Montalcino, Altesino started harvest at the beginning of September with its southernmost holdings. After rain mid-month, the estate continued with plots in the north. The resulting wine is light yet bright in color with an immediately attractive nose of raspberry and tarragon. Linear and direct, the chiseled palate offers mineral intrigue with expansive juiciness. Dainty tannins are almost an afterthought, but the acidity will carry this midweight, balanced charmer." 11/22
90 Points, Kerin O'Keefe, kerinokeefe.com: "The lovely nose reveals wild rose, botanical herb, new leather and forest floor. Lithe and linear, the already accessible is medium-bodied and light on its feet, offering juicy red cherry, white pepper and blood orange alongside polished tannins. Vibrant acidity keeps it bright. Drink 2023–2028." 11/22.