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2004 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero
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90(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2009

($115) Deep red. Perfumed aromas of dark berries, flowers and exotic Asian spices. Juicy and firm, with a tighter grain than the normale and more obvious structure. This somewhat oakier wine is more clenched and tannic today, but less fleshy, pliant and sweet. Finishes long and powerful but youthfully backward and in need of patience. (Empson U.S.A., Alexandria, VA)

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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