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Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2008

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
  • RP 88
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Winemaker Notes

Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso hand-harvested from younger vines in the Altesino and Velona estate vineyards. The must remains in contact with the skins for 7-10 days. After fermentation, the wine is aged in large Slovenian oak barrels for eight months.

This classic Rosso offers a brilliant ruby-red color with intoxicating aromas of ripened blackberries and dark cherries. On the palate, the wine is round, rich and well-balanced with a fruit-forward profile coupled with hints of leather. Recommended with pasta with meat sauces, and hearty game or beef casseroles.

Critical Acclaim

RP 88
The Wine Advocate

Altesino's 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is an attractive, fresh red to enjoy over the next few years. Pretty floral and spice notes add complexity to the fruit on the vinous finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012.


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Altesino, , Italy
Though the worldwide reputation of Brunello has encouraged a certain conservatism among Montalcino estates, Altesino has always been an innovative leader. The estate pioneered the technique of aging its IGT wines in small French oak barrels, limiting the time spent in oak to enhance each wine's personality. The resulting wines were a groundbreaking improvement over those produced by traditional methods. No longer overwhelmed by wood, they were able to display the unique characteristics of the... View More