($76) Saturated ruby. Explosive aromas of fraise des bois, coffee, smoke, truffle, woodsmoke and earth; reminded me of Clos de la Roche. Very dense, broad and supple, with Burgundian notes of underbrush, truffle and flowers. Finishes with big, broad, tongue-dusting tannins and superb length. This is denser and more muscular than this winery's |regular| bottling, but shows less early sweetness and a bit less finesse and complexity today. (Empson, U. S. A. , Alexandria, VA)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: September/October 2004
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
A fresh red with plenty of dried cherry and blackberry character and hints of vanilla. Full-bodied, with loads of silky tannins and a wonderfully long finish of fruit and tannins. A beautiful wine.
Author: James Suckling
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Full and sumptuous and just, only just, on the right side of being Brunello di Montalcino rather than an anodyne vino da tavola. Quite oaky on the finish. Sappy.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Altero is powerful and intense in aroma and flavor, well endowed with liquorice and tar in addition to its plum fruit, sizeable and weighty on the palate and with a chewy texture and important intensity on the close.
The WOTN for me. Simply put this was perfect balanced and in a striking state of consumption at this time. Elegant, persistent, round, long, complete. Color: A deep red core revealed red edge that showed little to its 13 years of age. Nose & Palate: The nose was classic, redolent of cherries, earth, fresh leather, and with a touch more oak from the raising it sees in smaller barrique. The palate was elegant, yet powerful, light on its feet, yet persistently strong. This was the iron fist in the velvet glove, this I am sure of. A long and silky finish was framed by medium to fine grain tannin.