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.
The 2013 has yet to be reviewed, but the 2012 received the following:
“This delivers intense balsamic notes of juniper, wild rosemary and sage, along with rose, cherry and berry aromas and flavours. Elegant and saturated with flavour, supported by a vibrant structure. Ends with energy and refined tannins. Best from 2022 through 2040.”
98 points, Wine Spectator, March 2018
“Deep red. Captivating floral nuances complement red cherry, mineral and tobacco elements on the nose and on the very suave palate. Surprisingly light-bodied for a Brunello Riserva, but perfumed and very refined. This outstanding Brunello Riserva boasts a finish that lasts and lasts.”
94+ points, Ian D’Agata, vinous.com, April 2018