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WINE DINNER 9/25: Taste 93+ POINTS Brunello (Robert Parker)

Here’s Monica Larner’s tasting note for the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino by Altesino (below).

On Monday, September 25, we will be tasting not only the 2010: We’ll also be tasting a “vertical” flight of wines — 2010, 2011, 2012.

This is a NOT-TO-MISS dinner! Please call (512) 349-7667 to reserve. Click here for Chef Harvey’s SPECTACULAR menu.

Altesino 2010 Brunello di Montalcino
93+ points

Monica Larner

Altesino’s 2010 Brunello di Montalcino stands proud among its peers. No other wine I tasted among the new releases in Montalcino achieves this unique level of aromatic finesse and distinction. The bouquet is almost purely floral in character with a strong emphasis on pressed rose petal, dried violets and potpourri. The fruit tones are less emphatic and include bright cherry and red currant. In the mouth, the wine’s compressed texture is accented by fennel seed and licorice. the 2009 vintage had more power and heat, but this version shows elegant restraint.

Guido Orzalesi’s Altesino has reached a new level of excellence in 2010. The wines of this historic estate have long been recognized for their extreme elegance and finesse. The excellent conditions of the vintage have conspired to bring even more distinction to the estate. Altesino’s Ace card is its land. The estate owns some of the most spectacular vineyard sites in the appellation including the legendary Montosoli cru. Thanks to the optimal growing conditions, the estate’s fruit is more expressive than I have ever tasted.

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