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2001 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli (in double magnum)
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? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2006

($95) Good deep red. Nutty oak, coffee and pineapple on the nose. Juicy, oaky and tightly wound; dense but cool. Began rather stern but grew sweeter with aeration, finishing with substantial tannins that avoid dryness. A second sample showed aromas of nectarine and coconut and finished leathery and dry. This wine is outside my parameters for Brunello. (Winebow, Inc., Hohokus, NJ)

96 Points | Wine Spectator
87 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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