Altesino gave an extra push to Brunello by introducing the concept of the “Cru” with the legendary Montosoli vineyard, the first winery in the region to do so. Montosoli is a hillside vineyard of five hectares situated northeast of Montalcino, unique due to the range of microclimates found there. The fruit was vinified separately for the first time during the 1975 harvest.
Since then, the Brunello di Montalcino ‘Montosoli’ has maintained its place as one of the most sought-after wines in Montalcino. Its intensely ruby red hue turns to deep orange-red with time spent in bottle. The nose has an exceptional personality that includes black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, violet, liquorice and vanilla with a light accent of red pepper. Dry, warm, velvety and full on the palate.
“The 2011 Montosoli is a simply gorgeous effort, as this beautiful single-vineyard Brunello slowly begins to open it delivers wonderful aromas of dark cherries and red berries followed by freshly cut flowers, leather and exotic spices. It continues to impress with its striking purity, while displaying remarkable overall balance and finesse backed by a silky, elegant texture and a long lingering finish. Montosoli is a top wine from the vintage, which should continue to evolve well for years to come. (Best 2019-2032)”
96 points, InternationalWineReport.com, March 2016
“A very ripe style with prune, berry and salted-nut aromas and flavours. Full body, savoury intensity and a long, flavourful finish. Lots of juicy, fabulous fruit. Shows the greatness of the vineyard.”
94 points, JamesSuckling.com, Feb 2016
“The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli provides us with one of the most beautiful tastes of Brunello in 2011. The secret here is that fruit is sourced from the Montosoli cru in the northern side of the appellation that performed very nicely in this warm vintage. The wine reaches excellent balance between power and elegance. It leaves a statement but never feels overwhelming. That intensity is presented in terms of fruit freshness, cherry, blackberry and currant. It also comes forth as spice, tobacco and leather. The mouthfeel is exceedingly smooth and silky. The tannins are integrated and soft. Montosoli is planted to a special clone that is grafted over when the vines die. The clone has never been replaced. Because the vineyard is located on the north side of the appellation, it was protected from the heat this vintage.
Altesino is an estate in dynamic motion. I had not been back in a number of years and the property has seen an impressive series of positive changes during my absence. Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini runs her historic property with deft precision and a careful eye for both aesthetics and quality. The yellow-rimmed botte in her cellar are a prime example of that feminine touch. When Elisabetta purchased the property in 2002 she had just emerged victorious from a bidding war with Château Margaux. The feisty Elisabetta who owns the adjacent Caparzo property tells me: “I just couldn’t have French neighbors.” Her aim in terms of winemaking is to stay true to Montalcino tradition. Because she owns vineyard parcels in the four quadrants of Montalcino, she has added blending flexibility to make the wines she wants by sourcing fruit with different ripeness from the various subzones.”
93+ points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Jan 2016