2013 Altesino Brunello Riserva
"elegance and finesse..." - "savoury, rich and sophisticated..."
97 WS / 94 WA
$92.98 - 750 mL - In Stock - BUY NOW
Lowest price on West Coast - 16% below market average!
Altesino is a venerable institution in Tuscany and is known for its innovative and pioneering work producing wines of balance, finesse and intensity, all of which helped to garner Brunello di Montalcino as the first appellation to receive DOCG status. Along the way, Altesino was the first to use smaller barriques in production, it introduced the region to the concept of a single vineyard 'cru' bottling (Montosoli) in 1975, as well as establishing the first futures program for Brunellos. The riserva bottlings are only made in the best vintages and are composed of the choicest hand-harvested fruit with the benefit of an additional year of aging prior to release. The 2013 vintage for Brunello's was remarkable, producing "stunning, radiant wines":
"If you want to experience the energy, elegance and ageworthy structure that first drew wine lovers and collectors to Brunello di Montalcino decades ago, then 2013 is your vintage." - Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast
97 WS: "Aromas of juniper, rosemary, thyme and Szechuan peppercorn segue to strawberry, cherry and rose hip flavors in this elegant red. Intense and balanced, with the structure to develop over the next two decades. Shows excellent depth and length. Best from 2022 through 2043. 833 cases made, 500 cases imported." - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator
94 WA: "Compared to 2014, the 2013 vintage was a breeze from a farming and winemaking point of view. A relatively stress free growing season tends to transmit more clarity and intensity to the finished product. That's the impression I get when I taste the savory, rich and sophisticated 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. Some 10,000 bottles were released. This wine delivers thick ripeness with bold cherry aromas that are folded into spice, leather and tangy black licorice. This wine achieves a higher level of aromatic intensity compared to the elegant Altesino 2014 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli (which I actually preferred at this tasting). However, my impression is that this riserva from 2013 will ultimately offer a more fruitful and interesting bottle evolution five to ten years from now." - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
We are very fortunate to have been able to secure some of this highly-allocated Altesino Riserva Brunello di Montalcino. While it is drinkable now after a brief decant, this gorgeous wine will continue to develop in bottle over the coming years and become even more compelling as it gracefully evolves into a true masterpiece. Be sure not to miss out on one of the highlights from the 2013 Brunello offerings as GVWM is pleased to have this gem currently in stock and available at the lowest price available on the West Coast and 16% below market average!
Altesino Brunello Riserva 2013 (750 mL)
97 WS / 94 WA
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