Thursday, November 5, 2009


In keeping with the Italian bent I have been on as of late, the Altesino Rosso di Altesino 2007 is a "Super-Tuscan" style blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that is fermented and aged completely in stainless steel tanks, giving it a lot of vibrancy in its color, aromas and flavors. Ruby red in the glass, it gives up scents of fresh berries and cherries, violets and red flowers, and a soft hint of mineral. Across the palate, there are loads of juicy red and black berry and cherries, notes of red tea, mineral, and herbs, with a firm grip and well-balanced acidity to lend generously to its dry yet lively finish.

Altesino is considered amongst the best producers of Brunello, and this "non-traditional" red blend gives them a chance to show the world what it can do with those "non-traditional" grapes (such as Cab and Merlot) while still keeping true to their Montalcino traditions.

Give it a try!

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