Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 2001
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Very beautiful aromas of flowers, ripe fruit and crushed blackberries. Full-bodied yet refined. Layers of tannins. Balanced. Montosoli is a great Brunello vineyard. Best after 2008.
This is a wine that never won consensus despite multiple tastings. One panelist noted a strong dislike for a garlicky, skunky aroma that the others did not pick up. They lauded its herbal, wet clay, blueberry, cherry and violet tones.
Altesino is located in a spectacular spot that affords views of Montosoli, the hillside from which the estate makes its most famous Brunello. In past years I have enjoyed this producerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wines very much, often purchasing them for my own cellar. Unfortunately the estateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2001s have proven to be very inconsistent in my multiple tastings of the wines. I can only recommend the Montosoli, with the caveat that my notes refer to Lot # 5343 (indicated on US Importer Leonardo LoCascioÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s back label). There are four bottlings of the Brunello and two of the Montosoli, and bottles of both wines purchased in Europe have shown significant variation. AltesinoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli (Lot#5343) presents notes of chocolate, toasted oak, earthiness and super-ripe fruit on a full-bodied, ample frame with modest complexity. Underyling notes of mustiness and greenness convey an overall impression of rusticity that is out of character for Altesino, making this Brunello one of the vintageÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s few notable underachievers. This was the best of the three bottles of this wine I have tasted so far. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021.