Characteristics: ruby red colour tending towards garnet with age; the bouquet is wide, ethereal, composite with fragrances of violets, undergrowth and vanilla; it is dry in the mouth, warm and velvety, revealing a rich substance and excellent character.
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a gracious, classy wine. Sweet red cherries, flowers, mint and spices are just some of the aromas and flavors that emerge from this mid-weight, restrained Brunello. In 2006 Altesino?s Brunello impresses for its balance, freshness and finessed tannins. It isn?t a blockbuster, but it will drink well upon release and over the next decade or so, perhaps longer. Floral notes waft from the glass on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.