2016 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

$129.95

Only Brunello aged in the cellar for a period of six years takes the name Riserva. Produced only in the best vintages, in a limited number of bottles, Brunello Riserva is intended for an audience of enthusiasts. Garnet red, the nose clearly expresses a note of humus and a wide, ethereal, composite aroma. In the mouth it maintains this austere and fascinating character, highlighting a taste structure of great thickness and strength.

Varietal:
Sangiovese
Winemaker:
Simone Giunti
Vintage:
2016
Aging:
Minimum 2 Years
Appellation:
Tuscany
Sub-Appellation:
Brunello di Montalcino
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Sangiovese
Alcohol %:
14.5%
Score Wine Advocate:
96+
Score Wine Enthusiast:
95
Score Wine Spectator:
95
SKU #:
1049819
Size:
750 ml Bottle
WA96+

Wine Advocate

The Altesino 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva holds tight to its unique character and power. The classic 2016 vintage produced generous wines that are layered and rich but also coiled tightly at their core. This wine exemplifies this point, adding lots of tart Sangiovese fruit and freshness along the way. It also shows an impressive richness of flavors with dried cherry, licorice, pressed violets, balsam herb and dusty limestone. The caveat with this wine, should you decide to drink it early, is that it needs extra time to open (and a double decanting would also help). This 10,000-bottle production opens beautifully in time.

JS95

James Suckling 

There’s beautiful purity in this Brunello with cherry and floral aromas, as well as hints of lavender and rosemary flowers. It’s full-bodied with linear tannins that provide form and focus. It’s extremely long and beautiful, yet needs three to four years to show all the goodness it has. Try after 2024 and onwards.

WE95

Wine Enthusiast

This polished red opens with inviting aromas of ripe woodland berries, violet, new leather and camphor. Full-bodied and elegant, the smooth palate features fleshy black cherry, raspberry jam, licorice and tobacco alongside velvety, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2024–2031. 

WS95

Wine Spectator

A beautifully integrated and solidly built Brunello, this is hallmarked by textbook aromas and flavors of cherry, strawberry, iron, sanguine and tobacco. Delivers accents of herbs, earth and almond that emerge as it plays out on the long, detailed finish. Approachable now and should age over the next decade or more. Best from 2024 through 2040. 1,250 cases made, 750 cases imported.