- Vintage 1990/2012
Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli DOCG
Vinous - Antonio Galloni - March 2017 - 91+ points
“Good full red. Pure mineral driven aromas of raspberry and red cherry, with hints of licorice and tar. Nicely delineated and sweet with a strong raspberry quality dominating on the palate, this is more autere but very similar to the entry level wine in its aroma and flavor profile. The finish is long and offers repeating nuances of licorice and tar.”
Falstaff - March 2017 - 93 points
"Tiefdunkles, sattes Rubin, feiner Granatrand. Sehr klar und tiefgründig, nach Brombeeren, eingelegten Kirschen, etwas Lakritze und Gewürznelken, spannendes Spiel. Stoffig und satt iin Ansatz und Verlauf, griffiges, festes Tannin, viel saftige, gut gereifte Kirsche und Zwetschke, etwas Safran, langer Nachhall."
Wine Spectator - 95 points
"This finds good equilibrium between the ripe berry, cherry, tobacco, iron and tea notes. Firm and chewy, with hints of leather and underbrush on the long aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2035. 1,250 cases made."
Wine Advocate - February 2017 - 95 points
“Always a crowd pleaser, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli is a beautifully crafted wine. It shows depth, intensity and loads of authenticity both in terms of grape variety and territory. Dark cherry and blackberry rise from the bouquet with spice, pipe tobacco and moist earth in tow. The wine is layered and nuanced. That Sangiovese authenticity comes through loud and clear on the palate. This is a mid-weight wine with polished but firm tannins and evident acidity. It shows a burst of freshness on the finish. Montosoli ages in large Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. It is fully equipped for a long aging future ahead. Owner Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini purchased two additional hectares of Brunello vineyard in 2016. They are located in an excellent position right under the Montosoli cru. Generally speaking, the Montosoli hill sees slightly cooler temperatures on average. In fact, Altesino's 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli has resisted the heat of the vintage. This wine stands out thank to its profound elegance and grace."
Wine Enthusiast - January 2017 - 97 points
"Balancing power and grace, this wine delivers alluring aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry, raspberry compote, grilled herb, licorice and tar. Vibrant acidity and firm, velvety tannins provide freshness and structure, while a hint of pipe tobacco closes the lingering finish. Drink 2020–2032."
JAMESSUCKLING.COM - December 2016 - 97 points
"Fantastic aromas of blueberries, plums, bark and wet earth follow through to a full body, velvety and polished tannins and a wonderful finish. Refined and persistent on the finish. Drink in 2019 and onwards."
#48 International Wine Report TOP 100 WINES OF 2016
International Wine Report by Joe D'Angelo - 96 points
"The 2011 Montosoli is a simply gorgeous effort, as this beautiful single-vineyard Brunello slowly begins to open it delivers wonderful aromas of dark cherries and red berries followed by freshly cut flowers, leather and exotic spices. It continues to impress with its striking purity, while displaying remarkable overall balance and finesse backed by a silky, elegant texture and a long lingering finish. Montosoli is a top wine from the vintage, which should continue to evolve well for years to come. (Best 2019-2032)"
Wine Spectator - March 2016 - 93 points
"Complex aromas and flavors macerated cherry, plum, eucalyptus, tobacco and mineral are the hallmarks of this sweet yet structured Brunello. Fine lenght. Best from 2018 through 2030."
Wine Advocate - March 2016 - 93+ points
"The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli provides us with one of the most beautiful tastes of Brunello in 2011. The secret here is that fruit is sourced from the Montosoli cru in the northern side of the appellation that performed very nicely in this warm vintage. The wine reached excellent balance between power and elegance. It leaves a statement but never feels overwhelming. That intensity is presented in terms of fruit freshness, cherry, blackberry and currant. It also comes forth as spice, tobacco and leather. The mouthfeel is exceedingly smooth and silky. The tannins are integrated and soft. Montosoli is planted to a special clone that is grafted over when the vines die. The clone has never been replaced."
JAMESSUCKLING.COM - October 2015 - 94 points
"A very ripe style with prune, berry and salted-nut aromas and flavors. Full body, savory intensity and a long, flavorful finish. Lots of juicy, fabulous fruit. Shows the greatness of the vineyard. Drink or hold."
Gardini Notes - January 2016 - 94 points
"From the Northeastern zone of the Montalcino hills a wine of hematic aromas, mixed with the delicateness of fresh flowers, such as rose and geranium. A taste of red fruit, a lot of cherry, and accompanied by graphite and sweet spices. The tannins are sensed but not excessive."
#18 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 WINES OF 2015
Wine Spectator Insider - 25th March 2015 - 98 points
"A stunning red, featuring peony, strawberry, cherry and mineral flavors, accented by notes of wild herbs. Intense and deep, with great purity and elegance, a firmly wrought structure and a long finish. The harmony between fruit, tannins and acidity should allow this to age beautifully. Best from 2019 through 2036."
Wine Advocate - February 2015 - 96 points
"It shows a beautifully fragrant and floral bouquet that is exactly in line with what this firmly consistent producer strives to achieve. Sangiovese sings loud with small berry nuances and loud floral impressions of rose, violet and lavender. Its underlying complexity is further enhanced by anise seed, cola and licorice stick. The wine's texture is soothing soft and silky. This is one for your cellars to age ten years or more. "
Vinous - Antonio Galloni - February 2015 - 95 points
"The 2010 Brunello Montosoli possesses gorgeous textural depth and resonance, both in the classic, mid-weight style of the year. Sweet red cherry, plum, tobacco, spice and savory herb overtones flesh out as the 2010 Montosoli shows off its distinctive personality. Finessed, silky tannins round out a finish laced with rose petal, cherry pit and pipe tobacco."
JAMESSUCKLING.COM - January 2015 - 97 points
"Beautiful aromas of dark fruits and minerals. Full-bodied, succulent and chewy. It's tight and stony. Lots of black olives and wet earth under the fruit. Bright and linear wine with beautiful layers. Better in 2018.
Wine Enthusiast - January 2015 - 93 points
"From Montalcino’s most famous vineyard site, this opens with aromas of cured meat, grilled herb and a whiff of mature olive. The palate offers red cherry, licorice, savory herb and a mineral note alongside youthfully assertive but fine-grained tannins that need time to unwind. Drink after 2018."
Wine Advocate - February 2013 - 94 points
“The wine pays great homage to the aromatic nuances inherent to Sangiovese: pressed rose and violet, berry fruit and warm heart all capped by bright balsamic notes that recall eucalyptus, hummus, rosemary oil and root beer. There's a smooth note of polished river stone as well."
JAMESSUCKLING.COM - February 2014 - 95 points
"This is an unique wine for 2009, with an amazing nose of clementines and ripe fruit. It's full-bodied and very, very velvety with a long, long finish. Classy wine. Best of the vintage."
Stephen Tanzer's - Internationa Wine Cellar - 91+ points “Dark red with an amber rim. Intense peach, spicy red cherry and botanical herbs on the complex nose. On the palate, medicinal herbs and red cherry flavors are complicated by minerals and supported by slightly peppery tannins and edgy acidity. Finishes bright and aromatic, with hints of animal fur, leather and sexy oaky nuances. Richer and deeper than most other 2008 Brunellos but needs a couple of years to settle down. Right now it's not much better than the Brunello 2008 normale, but I have no doubt this will be the superior wine in ten years' time.”
Wine Enthusiast - May 2013 - 92 points
“Montosoli is a monumental wine that delivers pulp and richness with ripe fruit aromas, inky concentration and a touch of roasted spice at the back. The wine is savory and tangy with loads of aromatic intensity, but that telltale acidity from the 2008 vintage hits you at the back of the throat and keeps the palate refreshes.”
Wine Spectator - March 27, 2013 - 95 points
“Intense balsamic and mint notes make this red distinctive, along with currant, raspberry and floral touches. Silky, ripe and impressive, this shows elegance and a vibrant structure. Offers terrific length and resonance on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2032.”
#96 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 WINES OF 2013
JAMESSUCKLING.COM - February 2013 - 93 points
"Lots of ripe berry and chocolate character with hints of plum jam. Full and round with an attractive soft texture and a fruity finish. Delicious now but will improve with age."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Issue 163: July/August 2012 - 93 points
“Medium fresh red. Red berries, minerals, spices and an exotic whiff of white fruits on the nose, along with complicating hints of leather and animal fur. Lush, sweet and sexy, showing a fine-grained, suave texture to the flavors of red fruits and leather. Quite full for an Altesino wine, in the ripe, rich style of the vintage. And a step up in intensity and structure from the 2007 classico. Finishes with utterly smooth tannins and terrific lingering perfume. These 2007s are worthy successors to Altesino's outstanding 2006s.”
Wine Spectator - Issue, August 31 2012 - 93 points
"Macerated cherry and earth notes mark this meaty, sanguine red. These components are offset by thick, dense tannins, with a compact finish. Needs time. Best from 2014 through 2027. 1,250 cases made.”
The Wine Advocate 2007 Issue, April 2012 - 94 points
The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli shows fabulous depth and richness from start to finish. Tobacco, cedar, licorice, new leather and spices add complexity to the fruit in this beautifully textured, expressive Montosoli. Waves of fruit build through to the finish as this intense, rich Brunello shows off its pedigree.”
JAMESSUCKLING.COM - January 2012 - 98 points
"Best Montosoli since 1997. Aromas of plum jam and cherries follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Pure fruit here. The purity to this wine is impressive. It is laser-guided in structure and fruit. Try in 2014."
The Wine Advocate 2006 - 92+ points
"Richer, deeper wine than the straight Brunello. The Montosoli presents a Beautiful centre of dark fruit, along with suggestions of grilled herbs, high-toned flowers, leather and liquorice that add complexity."
Stephen Tanzer's - International wine cellar - Issue #157 - 94+ points
"Medium red. Cherry, nectarine and orange peel on the nose, lifted by flowers. Intensely flavored and penetranting, boasting terrific energy an purity to its reticent middle palate. Denser and chewier than the classico, but at the same time a bit more higt-pitched and exotic. A wine terrific focus and verve, finishing with palate-staining, reverberating lenght. Easily the best vintage since 1999 for this beautiful estate on the northern edge of the appellation."
Wine Spectator - May 2011 - 93 points
"Sage, rosemary and tar aromas complement the sweet black cherry fruit in this red. Though supple and almost opulent, there's an elegance and freshness about this, too. The long aftertaste features spice and tobacco notes. Best from 2012 through 2024."
Wine Enthusiast - April 2011 - 95 points
"Opens with a big, bold style and enormous depth, intensity and concentration. This is a massive Brunello on every front."
JAMESSUCKLING.COM - January 2011 - 96/100
"Perfumed and fruity, with dried cherries and citrus fruit. Wow. It really opens on the nose giving so much gorgeous fruit. Full body and very dense, with dried cherries, cedar and hints of coffee bean. Powerful and rich. Try it after 2015."
Wine Enthusiast - October 2010 - 93 points
"Altesino produces some of our favorite Brunello and although this vintage of Montosoli is less overt than others, the winemakers have worked hard to craft a top shelf expression from this sun-kissed territory. There's enormous depth and persistency here with aromas of black fruit, spice and cherry cola. It's smooth, rich and long lasting."
Wine Advocate - April 2010 Issue 188 - 92 points
"The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli, from one of Montalcino's most storied sites, is darker and firmer than the regular bottling. The fruit possesses lovely depth and roundness, along with suggestions of minerals, menthol and spices that add layers of complexity on the long, polished finish. This shows great purity and depth in its dark red fruit. A year or two in bottle should help the tannins soften a bit, but this, too, is best enjoyed relatively early. I loved the Montosoli for its overall balance."
Wine Advocate - June 2009 Issue 183 - 92 points
"The estate's 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli is a big, strapping wine loaded with dark fruit, smoke, new leather and minerals. The Montosoli, from one of Montalcino's top sites, shows considerable density and richness. The tannins build on the finish, rounding out a gorgeous Brunello that achieves a brilliant combination of power and elegance. This a beautiful set of wines from Altesino, a historic producer that in recent years has made noticeable strides to improve quality."
Wine Enthusiast Magazine - June 2009 - 93 points
"We preferred Altesino's base Brunello to its cru selection from the estate's special 10-acre vineyar- but only by the smallest of margins. Montosoli is a tremendous wine with impressive intensity and staying power that takes shape as cherry, tobacco, spice and bursting blueberry."
Wine Spectator - 30-04-2009 - 95 points
"Meat and blackberry aromas, hints of rose perfume. Silky tannins. Cocoa, berry, light vanilla bean aftertaste."
Wine Spectator - 31-08-2008 - 91 points
"Exhibits aromas of blackberry, mahogany and fresh mushroom. Full-bodied, with fresh fruit, soft, velvety tannins and a long finish. This is balanced. Caressing and welcoming. Best from 2009 through 2014."
Wine Advocate's Antonio Galloni focused on "Montalcino: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" - 30-04-2008 Issue 176 - 91 points
The single-vineyard 2003 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli, from one of the region's top sites, is fresher and more vibrant than the regular bottling, with superior balance and finesse. It shows lovely plumpness, clarity and depth in its black cherries, oak, spices and tobacco. This medium to full-bodied wine should drink beautifully over the next decade or so. Andicipated maturity:2008-2018".
Wine Advocate 29-4-2005 Issue 158 -91 points
"...riper and spicier in aroma, full and with interesting notes of anisette and tar, features flavors of an important richness and density, slightly backward but very substantial and sustained. The additional intensity on the finish suggests another fifteen years of good drinking ahead."
Wine Spectator - 15-10-2004 - 95 points
"Deep, dense aromas of porcini and wild strawberry turn to fresh tobacco. Full-bodied, with tigh and refined tannins...A big, muscular powerful Montosoli..."
Decanter - August 2004 - 3 stars - Recommended
"Ripe cranberry and strawberry fruit, pretty allspice and clove. Ripe berry fruits, marked tannins held in check by richness of fruit and fresh acidity"
L'Espresso Vini D'Italia 2004 – I vini dell'Eccellenza
“L'Altesino emerge con sicurezza con l'imponente Montosoli…ricchezza grande carattere, tannini densi e maturi…”
Wine Spectator - February 2001 - No. 2 - Italy 's 50 Most Exciting Wines
"It's hard to think of a more beautiful vineyard in Tuscany than Montosoli...Here is where the world's greatest Sangiovese is produced, time and time again...According to Claudio Basla, part-owner and manager of the estate, the brilliance of Altesino's Montosoli is the wine's "perfect balance between muscular power and elegance, due to the unique soil, microclimate, [exposure] to the sun and altitude of the vineyard"...Montosoli always shows incredible power, yet maintains a superb backbone of tannins and acidity..."
Wine Spectator - Sept. 2002 - 98 points - Based on tastings of multiple vintages
"This single-vineyard Brunello is built like a Ferrari - sexy and sleek. It needs at least four or five years of bottle age to come into its own..."
Wine Advocate - 31-12-2002 Issue 144 - 93 points - chewy, full-bodied, spectacular Brunello
"...A deep garnet color accompanies huge, sweet aromas of roasted herbs, red and black currants, cherries, earth, incense, tobacco, and soy......"
Wine Spectator - Dec. 2002- Jan. 2003 - The Top 100 - No. 22
"...This 100% Sangiovese wine hails from the 14 acre Montosoli Vineyard, arguably Montalcino's top site..."
Wine Spectator - On Line - April 2002 - 98 points - Hot Wines
"This quintessential Sangiovese comes from one of the greatest vineyards of Tuscany . Montosoli sets the standard for Brunello di Montalcino in great years, and 1997 is its best ever. This is equal to the legendary 1990 Montosoli in quality. Complex aromas of grilled meat and cherry with hints of cedar and tobacco that turn to plums and flowers. Full-bodied and extremely well-structured, with well-integrated tannins and ripe, concentrated fruit. A superb wine..."
International Wine Cellar - July/August 2002, Issue 103 - 92 points
"Intense garnet with ruby reflections. Opens with wonderfully sweet tobacco scents and spicy cedar. In the mouth there are nicely delineated, fresh flavors of anise, mocha and roasted coffee, the whole supported by very soft tannins, and the rather smoky close conveying an essence of raspberry..."
Wine Spectator - 31-07-2000 - 96 points - Cellar Selection
"Monster Brunello. Very dark in color, with superripe aromas of black licorice, dried plum, mint and meat. Full-bodied, with masses of velvety tannins and a long, long finish..."
Wine Advocate - 28-08-2000 Issue 130 - 93 points "...complex, jammy nose of spice box, vanilla, cedar, and intensely ripe strawberry and black cherry fruit...superb richness, an easy going, open knit texture..."
Wine Spectator - Dec. 2000-Jan. - 15, 2001 - 96 points - The Top 100 Most Exciting Wines of 2000
"Brunello, from the Tuscan village of Montalcino , is one of Italy 's most age-worthy reds. 1995, the current vintage, is the best since 1990, and it shows in this single-vineyard, modern-style wine. Altesino's Montosoli 1990 hit the No. 12 spot on our 1995 honor roll"
Wine Spectator - 15-12-1998 - 91 points
"A gorgeous, subtle Brunello...an outstanding, classy bottle. Floral, blackberry and meat aromas follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with very fine tannins and a zingy finish..."
Wine Spectator - Oct. 2000 - 96 points - Looking Back...The 1990 Reds Live up to their reputations
"Stylish, with black truffle, berry and cedar aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, opulent aftertaste."
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