Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 2015
Altesino's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli shows those celebrated characteristics of this special vineyard cru that are always portrayed with pronounced mineral intensity, with highlights of crushed granite and pencil shaving. Indeed, Altesino's five-hectare Montosoli vineyard sees a greater concentration of clay schist Galestro rock, and the vineyard altitude (at 350 meters above sea level) adds to the wine's perceived freshness. In this case, those mineral notes are applied with small brush strokes, as the core of the wine is occupied by wild fruit and forest berry. Medicinal herb and rosemary essence appear quietly at the back. This is a very compact and bright wine with young tannins and solid structure. It has all the attributes you look for in a candidate that can withstand long cellar aging. I'd suggest waiting five years or more before popping this cork. Some 19,000 bottles were filled in July 2019, and the wine was released in January 2020.
Good ruby-tinged luminous red. Red cherry, plum liqueur, leather and flowers on the nose. Round, lush and fairly full in the mouth, but somewhat unforthcoming in its reticent dark plum and berry flavors. Nicely persistent but still rather closed down and not fully expressive yet, but obviously has the stuffing to age. Needs plenty of cellar time still. The 2015 is the 40th anniversary of this bottling.
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