2016 Altesino Rosso di Montalcino

Year: 2016
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90+
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Full of sweet cherry and berry fruit, this red also reveals leather, earth and mineral flavors. Fresh and harmonious, leaving a lasting impression of fruit, mineral and tobacco notes. Drink now through 2023. 3,300 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"The Altesino 2016 Rosso di Montalcino offers a smooth and steady ride with plenty of primary fruit at the front. Bright cherry, cassis and blueberry aromas rise to the top, followed by mild tones of grilled spice and pressed rose petal. This is a compact red wine that cleans the palate thanks to its tonic acidity and fresh berry flavors. Some 40,000 bottles were produced." (WA)

"The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is an absolutely gorgeous wine that captures the energy and translucency of Sangiovese. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, mint, dried herbs, anise and wild flowers grace this mid-weight, nuanced Rosso that has so much to offer. A kick of sweet oak will most likely dissipate over time. This is such a pretty wine." (VM)

"Red cherries, redcurrants and cinnamon. Medium body, fine tannins that still manage to somewhat cling to the mouth and a juicy finish. Drink now." (JS)

"Wild berry, iris, leather and an earthy whiff of tilled soil are front and center. On the vibrant, linear palate, polished tannins and fresh acidity balance juicy Marasca cherry, pomegranate and a hint of star anise. Drink through 2020. Kerin O’Keefe" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Altesino makes this Rosso di Montalcino entirely from select Sangiovese Grosso grapes sourced from the younger vines in the Altesino, Pianezzine, Macina, and Castelnuovo dell'Abate vineyards. After the fermentation process in stainless steel, the wine ages in large barrels of varied maturity for six to eight months followed by three months in bottle. The final wine is a perfect and accessible introduction to the terroir of Montalcino.

Tasting Notes:
Brilliant ruby-red color, this classic Rosso offers sumptuous aromas of ripened blackberries and dark cherries. On the palate, the wine is generously well-rounded and rich with fruit-forward notes complimented by hints of leather and mesquite.

Food Pairing:
Recommended with pasta smothered in meat sauces, hearty game or beef-based casseroles.