Altesino produces a limited quantity of Brunello Riserva in the best vintages only: Sangiovese is harvested by hand from hillside vineyards, fermented by native yeast, then aged for five years (at least three in oak barrels). After bottling, the wine rests for another six months. (Brunello can only be described as “Riserva” if it has cellared for five years.)
Ruby red when young, tending toward garnet with age, the profile of this wine is layered and nuanced. Complex notes of earth are balanced by a high-tone, ethereal yet rich fruit profile. This is a wine with serious structure that presents a somewhat austere character on the palate. It will age well for over 20 years.
“Aromas of juniper, rosemary, thyme and Szechuan peppercorn segue to strawberry, cherry and rose hip flavours in this elegant red. Intense and balanced, with the structure to develop over the next two decades. Shows excellent depth and length. Best from 2022 through 2043.”
97 points, Wine Spectator, March 2019
“The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is all about elegance and finesse, and is a classic rendition from Altesino. As this highly attractive Brunello slowly opens it begins to release pretty aromas of red berries, dried florals, spices, juniper, leather, eucalyptus, and hints of citrus rind which all take shape in the glass . This possesses a medium body with ultra-fine tannins and a gorgeous silky texture that glides effortlessly across the palate. Balanced and refined, this classy Brunello continues to impress as it comes to an end with an incredible silky finish. While this is already drinking beautifully, it will only become even more compelling as evolves and develops its mature characteristics with time.”
95 points, International Wine Report, Feb 2019
“Compared to 2014, the 2013 vintage was a breeze from a farming and winemaking point of view. A relatively stress free growing season tends to transmit more clarity and intensity to the finished product. That’s the impression I get when I taste the savoury, rich and sophisticated 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. Some 10,000 bottles were released. This wine delivers thick ripeness with bold cherry aromas that are folded into spice, leather and tangy black licorice. This wine achieves a higher level of aromatic intensity compared to the elegant Altesino 2014 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli (which I actually preferred at this tasting). However, my impression is that this Riserva from 2013 will ultimately offer a more fruitful and interesting bottle evolution five to ten years from now. 2020-2040.”
94 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Jan 2019