2006 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Pre-Arrival)
Complex aromas of dried mushrooms, flowers and dark fruits follow though to a full body with fine tannins and a chocolate, dried meat and dark fruit aftertaste. Wonderful depth of fruit and balance. Drink now.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full, bright red. Very pure but subdued nose hints at raspberry, high-pitched spices and blood orange. Tactile, suave and deep, with ripe but firm raspberry and cherry fruit flavors complemented by saline minerality, leather and a strong floral quality that mounts inexorably on the back end. Tighter and higher-pitched than Altesino's two 2007 releases--no surprise in light of the different styles of these two vintage. Really resounds on the aromatic aftertaste. This wine showed even deeper red fruits and spices with extended time in the recorked bottle, combining almost Burgundian perfume with Brunello tannins and structure.
A fine expression of place, this intense red exhibits wild underbrush, iron and raw meat notes complemented by cherry, raspberry and leather. There’s a firm backbone of acidity and tannins, but this stays balanced, with a long aftertaste of mineral and spice. Best from 2014 through 2030. From Italy.—B.S.