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.”
Tuscany Grand Cru, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, October 31, 2016
“Opulent aromas of plum, dark berry, flower and sandalwood. Full body. Dense yet vivid and energetic. Wonderful exotic character and intensity. Great finish. Drink in 2021.”
98 points, JamesSuckling.com, Jan 2018
“This celebrated single-vineyard wine follows through with many of the attractive themes presented in the base Brunello, only you get more robust intensity and power here. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli is slightly more angular and edgy. You don’t get the same immediate silkiness that you find in the non-vineyard-specific alternative. This wine plays up its structure with firm tannins and solid building blocks of red fruit and spice. There is a sweet note of clove or cinnamon on the close. 2020-2035”
95 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2018