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2005 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July 2010

Good saturated dark red. Expressive aromas of black cherry, violet, coffee and minerals. Sweet, dense and spicy, showcasing rich, ripe red and dark fruit flavors complicated by hints of coffee and underbrush. Finishes with mounting but polished tannins and impressive length. This wine should age very well: I'd give it a couple years in the cellar and then enjoy it for another 20 after that. From a parcel of densely planted vines that comes from clones developed by the French nursery Guillaume, which yield a slightly bigger wine that the estate ages in new oak.

90 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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