Poggio Antico Altero Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 Red Wine
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Poggio Antico Altero Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015
97 pts. James Suckling:
"A beautiful cascade of blue and darker fruit precedes generous, enticing notes of saffron, dried orange rind, cumin, roasted thyme and nutmeg. Balanced and tightly framed on the medium-to full-bodied palate with mouthwatering fruit and crunchy acidity, coloring an ornately woven structure of silky tannins. Very long and velvety on the finish. Everything is where it should be. Drink from 2025."
94 pts. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"One of the first things I notice in the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Altero is the increased richness or concentration (especially compared to the estate's classic Brunello from the same vintage). That wine is slightly more streamlined and contoured compared to the Altero that wears a heavier mantle made with thicker fiber and texture. This impression is especially evident on the bouquet where you pick up a hint of extra softness or ripeness that comes thanks to this warm vintage. The bouquet offers sensations of dried cherry skin or plum with sweet spice and moist potting soil. If you love classic Brunello, I would recommend the estate's annata expression. The Altero is more contemporary and international instead."
FROM THE WINERY
The 2015 Altero was made from a selection of the best wine in the cellar. Aged for 30 months in French oak tonneaux (500 l), followed by 18 months of bottle refinement, the 2015 vintage is definitely cellar worthy. Juicy red currants, cherries, and sprigs of fresh rosemary are robed in vanilla and baking spice with just a wisp of smoke. Best with BBQ or lightly smoked meats and cheeses.
Fermentation Notes: A cold soak was done for 3 days. The fermentation lasted 10 days with temperatures never exceeding 28°C and was followed by a 20-day maceration.
Aging: 30 months in French oak tonneaux (500 l), followed by 18 months of bottle refinement.
Harvest Date: September 22nd – October 10th.
Harvest Notes: Mild winter, April and May with regular rainfalls and the summer that followed was simply optimal in terms of weather conditions. All this led to an exceptional ripening with incredibly healthy grapes until the harvest. The thermal excursion in September perfectly developed the aromas. To sum it up 2015 was an amazing vintage!
Total Acidity: 6.2g/L