James Suckling 94
A pretty and ripe Brunello with lots of plum and cherry aromas. Full body, soft and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Some dustiness within the texture. Dense and enticing.
Wine Advocate 95
Here's a richly concentrated expression from one of the highest sites in Montalcino. The wine shows excellent balance and suppleness. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Altero flaunts the best characteristics of the hot vintage including beautifully saturated color intensity, seamless aromas and good texture richness. On that last point, I feel that the mouthfeel has been positively impacted by oak tannins. Dark cherry and dried blackberry are followed by spice, tar, licorice and grilled rosemary or Mediterranean herb.
Wine Spectator 93
A lean, tightly wound version, with the tannins gaining the upper hand on the cherry, tobacco, orange peel and iron flavors. Though brooding, this is vibrant, delivering power and length.
Vinous Media 90
Aromas of French oak, coconut, toast and a whiff of menthol follow through to the medium-bodied palate along with sour cherry, raspberry, star anise and clove. Close-grained tannins leave a firm finish. Some may find this too oak-driven but others will find it attractive.
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