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1999 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino
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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2004

($68) Bright, dark red. Complex nose melds cherry, sweet spices, herbs and woodsy, truffley underbrush. Juicy, brisk and penetrating on the palate, with highly aromatic but rather cool red berry and floral flavors. Very youthful wine, finishing with lovely length and lift, and late notes of currant, cherry and leather. The tannins dust the front teeth. Needs six or seven years of additional bottle aging.

89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Good Now But Needs More Time
by Moos10669000
On the nose this displays cherry, herbal tea, and cinnamon. On the palate: the rich cherry flavor is balanced by good acidity and a wood/leather/underbrush characteristic. Overall: I enjoyed this wine, but I think it has much more potential than its currently showing. The fruit, acidity, and tannins are all in balance and the wine possesses excellent structure for aging. This should truly benefit from additional bottle aging - try back in 4-5 years and it should be fantastic. I'd rate it around 88 points now, but I'm guessing it will merit a much higher score with age.


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