The attractive price and Brunello heritage have always made us refer to this wine as a “Baby Brunello”. (And this baby’s got roots. Altesino is a pioneering winery: the first to introduce the “Cru” concept with their “Montosoli” in 1975, the first to experiment with barriques in 1979, and the first to release Brunello futures in 1985.) It is notably sophisticated for what is ostensibly a table wine, with plenty of morello cherry fruit mingling with old leather. Perfect with roasted or grilled meat. Strikingly good value.
The wine is predominantly Sangiovese, with a dash of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that add plush fruit and structure. Cold-soaked and fermented in stainless steel, then aged up to eight months in tank and three months in bottle.
“Across Tuscany, vintners are quite happy with the 2016 harvest. Many say quality matched 2015, but add that 2016 is different in style. This year’s growing season was less uniform, and the grape skins were thinner and more pliable than last year’s. Thus, the 2016 wines are more aromatic and deeper in color, but less structured.”
Wine Spectator, November 10, 2016