Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2013 “Montosoli” [6/cs]

altesino brunello di montalcino montosoli
Italy Tuscany
Sangiovese
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2013

“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


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.

 

“Enticing aromas of ripe berry, chopped herb, new leather, tobacco and a whiff of eucalyptus all mingle together on this gorgeous, vibrant red. The stunning, savory palate boasts juicy red cherry, pomegranate, white pepper and star anise while firm refined tannins and vibrant acidity lend structure and balance. It’s already extraordinary and elegant but also young and primary, so give it time to fully develop. Drink 2023–2043.”

99 points, Wine Enthusiast, May 2018

 

“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

 

“Balsamic notes of juniper, sage and eucalyptus are buried underneath the cherry and plum fruit in this expressive, supple red, which is dense and well-structured, with excellent balance and a long iron and saline aftertaste. Just a tad richer and broader than the blended Brunello. Best from 2021 through 2038. 1,250 cases made.”

97 points, Wine Spectator, June 2018

 

“Good full pale ruby-red. Knockout aromas and flavours of red cherry, raspberry, licorice and minerals, complicated by hints of iris and violet. Extremely suave and polished on the extremely long, pure, mineral finish. Deeper, richer, more tannic and longer than the lovely 2013 Brunello Classico from Altesino, this is an absolutely beautiful Brunello. I especially like that the pristine, refined aromas and flavours of the famed Montosoli site are showcased to maximum effect here. One of the best Brunellos of the vintage. 2024-2038.”

97 points, Ian D’Agata, vinous.com, April 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

 

“The 2013 Montosoli is a simply gorgeous Brunello from one of the most historic estates in Montalcino. This fantastic Brunello begins with pretty aromas of wild berries, red plums and dried cherries which take shape around spices, orange zest and floral nuances. On the palate this is medium-bodied with a silky, refined texture, underlined by a subtle austerity. It remains beautifully focused and precise with outstanding balance through the finish. As always, Montosoli is a fabulous, age-worthy wine, however this will likely need a bit more time in bottle before it begins to hit its stride. 2012-2035”

95 points, International Wine Report, March 2018