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Poggio Antico 'Altero' Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2009

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Poggio Antico 'Altero' Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2009

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Wine Spectator 93 Points
($95) A bright beam of cherry and raspberry courses through this elegant red, which is firm and well-structured, with refined tannins. The finish evokes briar and tobacco notes. Best from 2016 through 2027.

James Suckling 92 Points
A wine with a solid core of fruit and chewy yet polished tannins. Full body. Plenty of fruit and a toasted-hazelnut, berry and cream undertone. Drink or hold.

Wine Advocate 91 Points
The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Altero is packed tight with clove, cinnamon spice, black fruit and tobacco. Because the mouthfeel is much thinner than previous editions of this wine, those oak tones seem even more evident here. They should integrate and retreat into the fruity texture of the wine with more time aging in the bottle. Drink: 2017-2024.

International Wine Cellar 91+ Points
Bright ruby-red. Aromas of bitter cherry, plum, licorice, minty dark chocolate and smoke. Juicy, sappy and fruity, with red berry, mineral, licorice, and fresh herb flavors enlivened by harmonious acidity. Though the fruit is superripe, this wine manages to remain light on its feet. Ripe and flavorful, finishing with fine tannins and lovely verve.

Tasting Notes
Extremely dark and concentrated. Open, very persistent and clean with wonderful aromas of blackberries, raspberries, coffee, spices and vanilla. Rich, powerful, extremely concentrated yet elegant and velvety. The silky and ripe tannins make it particularly smooth to the palate. Loads of plum, dark cherry and licorice and a very very long finish. A wine that will keep and further improve for many years.

The Winery
Paola Gloder has one of Montalcino's most elevated estates, with vineyards averaging 1476 feet above sea level, southwest of the famed medieval citadel. Both the unique location and altitude privilege the wines of Poggio Antico. The lower hillside terroir south of Montalcino is conducive to powerful and opulent Brunellos. This, combined with the estate's vineyard elevations -- which enjoy favorable overnight drops in temperature -- bring increased finesse and intense bouquet.

The young and tireless owner has been firmly at the helm of Poggio Antico almost since its inception, when her father purchased 50 clayey, calcareous acres of Brunello di Montalcino vineyards, in 1984. Paola's husband, Alberto Montefiori, joined her in this task in 1998. In their forceful hands, the estate has seen a phenomenal growth, going from 50 to the present 80 acres under vine, developing two parallel Brunello worlds – the more traditional, larger-barrel Brunello, aged longer in Slavonian oak and the modern, finesse-driven Altero, aged in tonneaux of French oak; securing a stellar position in the global market and extending and upgrading the facility to ultrahigh-tech standards.

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