In the 1970’s, Altesino was the first winery to introduce the concept of the “Cru” to Montalcino with their legendary Montosoli vineyard. The classification effectively pushed the region forward. Montosoli is a hillside vineyard of five hectares situated northeast of Montalcino, valued for its elevation, limestone soil, and range of microclimates. The first wine vinified only from this outstanding vineyard’s fruit was produced in 1975.
Since then, Altesino’s “Montosoli” Brunello di Montalcino has maintained its place as one of the most sought-after wines in Montalcino. Produced only in the best years, the unique site consistently yields complex, elegant wines. Montosoli is traditionally aged for four years prior to release: at least two years in Slavonian oak barrels, three to four months in medium-toast Allier barriques, and four months in bottle. Its intensely ruby red hue turns to deep orange-red with time spent in bottle. The nose has an exceptional personality, full of black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, violet, licorice, and vanilla gently accented by red pepper. This is a dry, warm wine, velvety and full on the palate that will comfortably for decades.
“What has long been recognized, however, is that if Montalcino has one great vineyard, it is Montosoli. Montosoli deservedly enjoys its reputation from the Altesino bottling that bears its name. Always one of the top Brunellos, it has earned 95 points or higher in more than half of the vintages we have tasted since 1988. Showing floral berry fruit and balsamic aromas, the Montosoli profile is refined, with harmony and balance.”
Bruce Sanderson on Montosoli, Wine Spectator, Oct 2016
“Fantastic aromas of blueberries, plums, bark and wet earth follow through to a full body, velvety and polished tannins and a wonderful finish. Refined and persistent on the finish. Drink in 2019 and onwards.”
97 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2016
“Montosoli is the single vineyard cru Brunello from Altesino, and year after year it is amongst the top wines made from the region, as is the case in this vintage. The 2012 is an utterly compelling wine, which is all about elegance and finesse. As this begins to open it releases striking aromatics of blackberries, strawberries and plums woven together with freshly cut floral, spices, orange peel, leather and hints of fresh white truffle, all taking shape in this stunning Brunello. As mentioned, the silky texture results in an incredibly finessed mouthfeel, as it also displays remarkable balance and wonderful purity leading into the long finish, which is marked by sweet red fruits and exotic spices. Today, even at this young age, Montosoli is extremely impressive and a pleasure to drink, however there is no sense of urgency, as this should thrive in the cellar for years to come. (Best 2018-2032)”
97 points, International Wine Report, Feb 2017
“Balancing power and grace, this wine delivers alluring aromas and flavours of ripe black cherry, raspberry compote, grilled herb, licorice and tar. Vibrant acidity and firm, velvety tannins provide freshness and structure, while a hint of pipe tobacco closes the lingering finish. Drink 2020–2032.”
97 points + Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017