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.
“This shows red cherry compote, red plum essence and some leather and spices. Medium body, fine tannins and a fruity finish. Drink now.”
90 points, JamesSuckling.com, Sept 2018
“Black cherry and light spice flavours mark this open, fruity red. Earthy elements and tannins close the deal. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.”
Wine Spectator, May 2018
“A gentle, soft, easy drinking Tuscan red based on sangiovese, with supple tannins and balanced acids. Length and depth are good. Solid stuff.”
John Szabo MS, May 2018