Altesino is an estate winery in Località Altesino in the Montalcino region of Tuscany, Italy. Its main wines are Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. Altesino was founded in 1970 after Giulio Consonno bought it. He was a Milanese businessman who owned a children’s clothing company called Prénatal (which still exists). He developed the concept of site-specific or ‘cru’ Brunello via the Montosoli bottling, and also produced the first Grappa di Brunello. After Consonno died his son took over but, not being into wine, sold Altesino to Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini in 2002. Elisabetta also owns another Montalcino estate near Altesino called Caparzo, as well as Borgo Scopeto in Chianti Classico DOCG and Doga delle Clavule in the Morellino di Scansano DOCG in the Maremma.
Staff: Assistant director: Guido Orzalesi.
Terroir: Altesino is located in the Castello Altesi sub-region just inside Montalcino’s northern boundary and has vines both there (where the winery is also located) and in other areas of the Montalcino zone.
Vineyard : 2015 44 hectares (109 acres) of vines on five sites in four areas in Montalcino.
1) Castello Altesi, Altesino: These are the original vineyards, directly below the main building (the palazzo) and winery at Castello Altesi. Around 250 metres (820 feet). | 2015 17 hectares (42 acres). Mainly Sangiovese, plus 1,80ha of Merlot and 2,50ha of Cabernet Sauvignon.
2) Castello Altesi, Macina: The Macina vineyard is close to Altesino’s winery vineyard above, but slightly lower lying. 9 hectares (22.2 acres). 100% Sangiovese.
3) Montosoli: 2015 5 hectares (12.35 acres) of Sangiovese on Montosoli at 350 metres (1,180 feet) (Source: Laura Pinarello.)
4) Sant’Angelo in Colle: 2015 Altesino’s Pianezzine vineyard near Sant’Angelo in Colle in the south of Montalcino comprises 6.5 hectares (16.05 acres) of 100% Sangiovese. It is south-west facing, and is between Sant’Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell’Abate.
5) La Velona: As its name suggests this vineyard is in Località La Velona near Castelnuovo dell’Abate in the warmer, far southeast of Montalcino. It comprises 6.5 hectares (16.05 acres) of 100% Sangiovese at an altitude of around 220 metres (feet).
Winery: Underneath the main building (palazzo).
Rosso di Montalcino DOC: 2002 Smoky oak plus some corky notes, sweaty fruit (Landmark Hotel 2004). | 2003 Clean international style, cleaner than previous vintages, but light and dull (Benvenuto Brunello 2005). | 2011 At the consorzio with Ian d’Agata Tuesday 28th May 2013: Bright crimson, plenty of ripe fruit in an immediate hard to resist style.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Altesino: 2009 14.0%. Very ripe red fruit showing noticeable evolution – cedar notes – but with appealing, direct richness, a juicy mouthful with a twist of new wood. Drink whilst its exuberance remains in the ascendant (Tasted at the Consorzio Tues 27th May 2014 with Ian d’Agata and others).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Montosoli: Altesino’s flagship, a single site wine from vines in the Montosoli sub-zone. North-north-east facing. The soil is ‘calcari marnosi e calcari silicei riferibili all’Alberese con componenti litoidi dello stesso periodo.’ Altitude is from 300-340 metres. | 1990 This “redefines what Sangiovese can be in Tuscany,’ James Suckling wrote on the 1990 Montosoli in ‘Brilliant Brunello’, Wine Spectator Oct, 31, 1995 p.33. | 1999 Sweaty and loose, but above average (Landmark Hotel 2004). | 2000 Aged in large botti. Fizzy and stinky (Benvenuto Brunello 2005). | 2009 14.5%. Odd cabbage nose, short, bit green and not very typical at Col d’Orcia 24 June 2014. | 2011 14.5% alcohol. 15,000 bottles.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva, Altesino | 1997 Produced. | 2006 Produced.
I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy
Tel+39 0577.806208 | www.altesino.it