Brunello can only be described as “Riserva” if it has aged for at least five years in the cellar, 3 of these years in barrel. The Riserva Brunello is only produced during the best years, with a limited number of bottles. The Brunello Riserva is a wine for truly passionate, and patient, lovers of wine.
This garnet red wine has a clear aroma of humus and a broad, complex and ethereal aroma. It maintains such an austere and fascinating character on the palate, emphasising its structure of great depth and power. It will age well for over 20 years.
“Sporting a medium dark colour, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is the most robust and powerful wine among these new releases from Altesino. More than its Riserva status (that requires an extra year of aging compared to base Brunello), that richness is a result of the dry and hot 2012 growing season. You really feel the tightness, blackness and the alcohol of the fruit here. By the way, the alcohol is 15%, so it is indeed high for Sangiovese. There is a note of cherry sweetness on the close. Thankfully, there is also enough natural acidity to bring the wine back to centre and balance. But the overall complexity is diminished in favour of muscle and brawn. 2020-2033.”
92+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2018