A personal favorite from the northern reaches of the Brunello DOCG, Altesino crafted a wine in 2018 that even Antonio Galloni says "should not be missed." In what he calls a Rubik’s Cube vintage, some of the best producers made wines that are actually ready to drink, not needing the 10+ years in the cellar that some of the more recent vintages require. Crafted from 100% Sangiovese Grosso, hand-harvested from the Altesino, Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Macina, and Pianezzine vineyards, this Brunello is an example of finesse and elegance, inherent to Montalcino's best vineyard sites. Aged 36-42 months in barrel and another 6 months in bottle, Altesino's velvety tannins, balanced acidity, and amazing texture make this Brunello di Montalcino one of Italy's top reds.
"This has fantastic intensity with concentrated hazelnut, chocolate and dark berry aromas alongside dried flower and dried orange undertones. Firm and medium- to full-bodied, with powerful yet integrated tannins. Excellent structural integrity. Try in 2024." James Suckling, 95 Points
"The Altesino 2018 Brunello di Montalcino is an especially graceful wine with tart fruit, clean mineral lines and a mid-weight approach. Like other wines from this vintage, the 2018s are more accessible than, say, the 2016s or the 2013s. You can drink the wine soon or choose to cellar it a bit longer. The young tannins are nearly fully approachable, and the wine ends with dryness and ample freshness." The Wine Advocate, 93 Points
"Rich and fruity, evoking plum, cherry, iron, tobacco and eucalyptus flavors. This has a bit more flesh to offset the dusty tannins, with a lingering, fresh finish. Best from 2025 through 2042." The Wine Spectator, 92 Points