James Suckling 95
Very fragrant. Full body, firm and silky tannins. Extremely structured for a 2011. Wonderful length and beauty.
Robert Parker 92
The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Altero shows a slightly sharper side with tight aromas of white cherry, wild berry and red currant. As the wine takes on more air in the glass, it begins to show more elaborate aromas of spice, leather and pipe tobacco. Ironically, it tastes like a cool climate Brunello produced in a warm growing season. The higher altitudes at Poggio Antico and cautious harvest dates have evidently contributed to the wine's streamlined texture and approach.
Vinous Media 91
A dark, inviting wine, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Altero offers lovely depth and succulence, all of which make it quite appealing. Plum, dark spices, leather, smoke, mocha and licorice flesh out on the open-knit finish. Usually a much bigger, opulent wine, in 2011 the Altero is decidedly medium in body, yet all the elements are nicely balanced throughout. The French oak is a bit marked, but otherwise, this is a solid effort.
Wine Enthusiast 93
Aromas suggesting underbrush, toast, ripe plum, dark spice, menthol and Mediterranean herb waft out of the glass. On the bold, polished palate, velvety tannins support juicy Morello cherry, blackberry jam, licorice, coffee and a chocolate note. It's already accessible and will make for fine drinking over the next few years. Drink through 2021.
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