2010 Poggio Antico "Altero" Brunello di Montalcino
I love the subtle aromas of rose petal, dark fruit and perfume that follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a beautiful finish. It's very fine and pretty. Savory and delicate. Such finesse here. Drink or hold.
Bright, with cherry and raspberry flavors, edged by spice and a hint of wild herbs. Fresh and linear in profile, but lacks some complexity. Fine length. Best from 2017 through 2028. (BS)
Super-ripe black cherries, espresso, mocha, cloves, lavender, licorice and French oak are some of the notes that inform the estate's Brunello di Montalcino Altero. In this vintage, the French oak overpowers the fruit and marks the wine to a significant degree. Here, the house style has clearly been forced upon the vintage. Today, the Altero remains compact through the mid-palate and finish. I am not sure the fruit will ever emerge. The 2010 spent two years in 500L French oak barrels. (AG)
Oak, espresso and toast aromas jump out of the glass. The tightly wound palate delivers plum cake, roasted coffee bean, oak extract, licorice, a confectionary note and licorice but not much fruit richness. Raspy wood tannins provide the framework. (KO)