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.
“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