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1997 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino
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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2002

($60) Dark garnet with a ruby rim. Lovely scents of plum, mocha and tobacco regale the nose. Sweet on entry, then nicely delineated, with flavors of plum jam, licorice, mint and tar. Plushly textured, with full fuzzy tannins, this medium-to-full-bodied wine exudes earthy undertones in the lingering finish.

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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super brunello!
08/13/2003
by tokay10408568
Unmistakeably bold, rich Brunello with strong spiciness and tannins. Extra brown, even compared to other Brunellos, and complex without losing it's strength.
02/11/2003
by jolo
Outstanding Brunello - full of subtle but rich fruit, tar, etc. Very young, and will improve, but still terrific now. One of the best Italian wines I've had.

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