Poggio Antico Altero, Brunello di Montalcino
The Altero comes from the highest Montalcino vineyards it is also one of the highest expressions of Brunello. The Altero is characterised by richness and complexity, all underpinned by a ‘new world’ like approach to oak with almost operatic boldness.
Aged for 24 months in French tonneaux, the more international style honours the great Sangiovese grape and could easily sit next to some of the bigger styles from the Barossa or California. This is the ‘old world’ showing the new that they don’t have a monopoly on powerful, fruit forward wines.
Here's a richly concentrated expression from one of the highest sites in Montalcino. The wine shows excellent balance and suppleness. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Altero flaunts the best characteristics of the hot vintage including beautifully saturated color intensity, seamless aromas and good texture richness. On that last point, I feel that the mouthfeel has been positively impacted by oak tannins. Dark cherry and dried blackberry are followed by spice, tar, licorice and grilled rosemary or Mediterranean herb. The wine is youthful and tight but should obtain a more polished approach with a few more years of bottle aging.
95 points, Wine Advocate (March 2017)
Montalcino Sud. Bright dense crimson. Great lift. Tastes like a high-altitude wine. Really quite lifted and composed. Delicate and a real treat. Great balance.
17.5 points, JancisRobinson.com (March 2017)
A pretty and ripe Brunello with lots of plum and cherry aromas. Full body, soft and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Some dustiness within the texture. Dense and enticing.
94 points, JamesSuckling.com (November 2016)
Youthful ruby. Deep nose of fruit with hints of oak. Ripe, rich cherry fruit with a zesty, tangy core. Real interest and great tactile finish. Still firmly tannic for the moment. - Drink 2019-2030.'
17++ Points, JancisRobinson.com (January 2017)
A lean, tightly wound version, with the tannins gaining the upper hand on the cherry, tobacco, orange peel and iron flavors. Though brooding, this is vibrant, delivering power and length.
93 points, Wine Spectator (June 2017)