This wine is made only in spectacular vintages and always in distressingly small quantities. The complex bouquet first calls to mind violets and wild berries, then cedar, leather and spice. The palate seduces with a perfect blend of fruit, acidity and mouth coating tannins. Lovers of Brunello take note, this limited edition wine is not to be missed. Tuck it away until 2023 and let it work its magic for the next decade!
Laced with ripe cherry, strawberry, floral, spice, iron and leather flavors, this red is complex and charming, yet with serious tannins that ply the structure and lift the long finish. The fine balance should facilitate longevity.
The Altesino 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (with 10,000 bottles made) shows a tight and firm delivery with the abundant fruit and the generous richness that is associated with this warm and sunny vintage. The wine is fermented in steel vats and ages in Slavonian oak casks for three years. The tannins are nicely integrated, however the wine’s solid structure will carry it forward over the years.
With its mesmerizing and utterly classic bouquet, the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva lifts from the glass, mixing crushed black cherry, plum and leathery aromas with notes of sage, lavender and violets. The textures are silky-smooth, enveloping the palate in vibrant red and hints of blue fruit, as salty minerals, spice and rosy florals build toward the close. Its tannins are firm, yet there’s plenty of primary intensity to balance, along with cooling herbal tones that add refreshing lift. One of the more successful Riservas of the vintage, the 2015 is produced from a selection made throughout Altesino’s vineyards. It’s matured in a mix of 3,000 to 10,000-liter Slavonian oak barrels for two years prior to bottling.