1997 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino
The 1997 Altero was very intense with ripe fruits, almost dried and pruney. It was full and round and soft with dried berry and spice. Balsamic and intense aftertaste. Drink now.
*Top 100 Wines of 2002* Pretty aromas of plums, berries and cherries follow through to a full-bodied palate, with a lovely balance of ripe fruit and refined tannins. Long and caressing finish. (JS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark ruby with a garnet core. Intriguing nose combines clove, juniper berry, white pepper and iris, plus a pronounced scent of cedar. Densely textured but crisp, with flavors of blackberry, sweet tobacco and licorice. Finishes with firm, somewhat dry tannins. (EB)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The medium ruby/garnet-colored 1997 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a pleasant bouquet of balsam wood, loamy soil scents, dried herbs, tobacco, and sweet cherry and fig-like fruit. Medium-bodied, soft, and neither concentrated nor persistent on the palate, it will drink well for 10-12 years. (RP)