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 Vintage2007 Label 2 of 16 
ProducerPoggio Antico (web)
AppellationBrunello di Montalcino
UPC Code(s)8032697883729

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2016 and 2026 (based on 23 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Poggio Antico Altero on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.3 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 32 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Rechrom on 4/12/2015: This was dominated by wood and mint notes, with the fruit somewhat in the background. Worth drinking but not very good. I hope an off bottle, as I enjoyed this the last time I had it. (1565 views)
 Tasted by wondersofwine on 1/11/2015: 13.5% abv. Four years of total aging--two in 500-liter French tonneaux and two in the bottle. Reddish-purple color; semi-opaque. Some pungency. Effusive aroma of dark cherry. On the palate the dark cherry again, some length and a tannic bite on the finish. On the second evening, the tannins seemed softer, more in the order of fuzzy tannins. The wine seemed less strident on the whole and I liked it better. It's probably better to cellar it for several more years or decant it a few hours before dinner if opening it in the near future. I didn't assign a CellarTracker rating because I don't have much experience with Brunellos and not much basis for comparison. I drank this with broiled steak and baked potato. (2676 views)
 Tasted by bbakove on 12/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Marvelous Sangio, shy aromas of dried, tart cherry, shoe polish, leather and faint cedar on a surprisingly faint nose. Moderately firm tannins and acidity is bright. Flavor profile is very well balanced with a nice earthy quality. Strawberry, mild tobacco, dark fruit and grape stem degrade nicely through a moderately long finish. Will enjoy seeing how this pup tastes with a few more years of cellar time.

1/4/2015 UPDATE: Thanks to rramaley for pointing out I had this bottle marked as flawed. Don't know how I did that as it most assuredly was not. (2319 views)
 Tasted by Thoughtful on 9/12/2014 & rated 94 points: Recently purchased. Still young but ready for those who like to drink their wine "corse" as the French say. Depth, intense, superb balance. Tannins not an issue but a food wine. Bravo! (3100 views)
 Tasted by Rexel on 9/12/2014 & rated 96 points: Fantastic smell, taste dark red berries, little minty and last for minutes. This is Really good. Next bottle in Two years fr.o.m. Now (3036 views)
 Tasted by Rechrom on 8/21/2014 & rated 94 points: Excellent young Brunello. Needs a decant but after two hours is tasty with food, and nice enough alone but still taught. Great acidity and tannin backing a dark cherry and shoe leather palate and nose. Will improve. (3229 views)
 Tasted by Proof_Of_Life on 7/26/2014 & rated 93 points: young (2734 views)
 Tasted by scott w on 6/22/2014 & rated 90 points: Seems to have all the parts..strawberry, acid, tannin earth and a hint of cherry..needs quite a bit more time. Glad I tried for science (2911 views)
 Tasted by Spl232 on 4/25/2014 & rated 89 points: needs more time (2733 views)
 Tasted by jrglm on 3/23/2014 & rated 92 points: Decanted 3 hours. Really nice bottle of wine. Very elegant. (2839 views)
 Tasted by TexasBob on 3/6/2014 & rated 91 points: Pleasant light bouquet with distant red fruits as well as some leather and tobacco. Strawberries and white pepper. Raspberries and pleasant bitterness with a wonderful lingering spicy finish. Needs at least an hour to open up. (2881 views)
 Tasted by jmottern on 2/28/2014 & rated 94 points: I tasted this wine at the winery and liked it a great deal. Opening the first bottle at home I was not disappointed. This is a well balanced full bodied wine that will only get better. I need to buy more! (2541 views)
 Tasted by poshaugh on 1/17/2014 & rated 90 points: Not ready (2934 views)
 Tasted by JGinMO on 12/3/2013 & rated 93 points: Terrific, full-bodied brunello, but definitely second fiddle to the 06 Uccelliera that night. Maybe unfair vintage comparison? (3028 views)
 Tasted by bugdoced on 9/14/2013 & rated 92 points: this bottle needs more sleep/cellar time as tannins still outweigh any development of secondary flavors;you can taste potential but our advice is keep your hands off this one (4561 views)
 Tasted by Bayfield_Cabin_Cellar on 8/17/2013 & rated 97 points: This is a great expression of the new wave of production in Italy. Building on tradition, this wine breaks the barrier to add to tradition and makes it better. I have had the 1997 and 2001 and 2004, this however (the 2007) is a unique expression of what they are trying to achieve….success on all fronts, I will be at the vineyard the week between September 21 and October 2nd when I am in Italy and can not wait to access some large format bottles. Will drink well for 15 plus more years. Sorry no classic tasting notes, they would not do it justice. Buy one bottle and try it, you will be hooked, but not until I fill my cellar with all I can. (3739 views)
 Tasted by Bayfield_Cabin_Cellar on 8/17/2013 & rated 97 points: See note from my past...still the same!!!! Outstanding. (4065 views)
 Tasted by iWineReport on 12/24/2012 & rated 96 points: Elegant and pure with intoxicating aromas of freshly crushed blackberries, vanilla, exotic spices, floral, menthol and subtle toffee along with hints of mineral. The medium to full body is supported by ultra-fine tannins which lead the way into the long chewy finish. This is an amazing of display high-quality Brunello from an excellent vintage. (Best 2014-2028) - December, 2012 (JD) (6555 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (9/4/2012)
(Poggio Antico, Altero Brunello di Montalcino Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2012, IWC Issue #163
(Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero) Subscribe to see review text.
i-WineReview.com, Report 31: Brunello di Montalcino (6/12/2012)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/24/2012)
(Poggio Antico, Altero Brunello di Montalcino Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Brunello di Montalcino 2007: A Worthy Successor to 2006 (Apr 2012)
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Poggio Antico

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SANGIOVESE: (Pronounced "sahn-joh-vhe-se").
Sangiovese - Italy's claim to fame, the pride of Tuscany. Traditionally made, the wines are full of cherry fruit, earth, and cedar. It produces Chianti (Classico), Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montepulciano, Montefalco Rosso, and many others. Sangiovese is also the backbone in many of the acclaimed, modern-styled "Super-Tuscans", where it is blended with Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc) and typically aged in French oak barrels, resulting a wine primed for the international market in the style of a typical California cabernet: oaky, high-alcohol, and a ripe, jammy, fruit-forward profile.[16]

Semi-classic grape grown in the Tuscany region of Italy. Used to produce the Chianti and other Tuscan red wines. Has many clonal versions, two of which seem to predominate. The Sangiovese Grosso clone Brunello variety is used for the dark red, traditionally powerful and slow-maturing "Brunello di Montalcino" wine. The other is the Sangiovese Piccolo, also known under the historical synonym name Sangioveto, used for standard Chianti Classico DOC wines. Old vine derived wine is often used in the better versions, needing several years ageing to reach peak. A third clone, Morellino, is used in a popular wine blend with the same name found in the southern part of the province. Recent efforts in California with clones of this variety are very promising, producing medium-bodied reds with rich cherry or plumlike flavors and aromas. Among the available clonal versions are R6 and R7, derived from the Montalcino region of Italy, having average productivity/ripening and producing small berries on medium size clusters. R10 and R24 are well-recommended. R23, listed as deriving from the Emilia-Romagna region, has good vigor with medium-small clusters with earlier ripening. R102 derives from the Montepulciano region and reported to have average vigor with moderate productivity that results in higher sugar levels and good acidity from medium-small berries on medium-small clusters. Has synonym name of Nielluccio where grown in Corsica.


Altero was created back in 1983 with the intention of making a more modern style of Brunello. Altero is a proprietary wine that is distinguished by being aged in 500-liter French oak tonneaux for a period of two years rather than for three years in the large new Slavonian oak barrels used for the traditional Brunello. Altero completes its aging requirement by spending two years in the bottle before release.

In 2000, sixteen years after the first release of Altero, the new regulations for Brunello confirmed the validity of this innovative alternative. In effect the formula for Altero anticipated the new trend for Brunello, and at Poggio Antico today it is possible to choose between a new and a classic style of Brunello.

Since its introduction Altero has received very favorable reviews and enjoyed great commercial success, so every year an increasing part of the crop is set aside for it.

Altero is a deep and intense ruby red, which shows great concentration. The bouquet is wide, very fruity, persistent and elegant. The taste is full, warm, and round with a complex structure and fine ripe tannins. This wine is very smooth on the palate and suited for a long bottle aging.

In addition to the traditional 750 ml bottles, Poggio Antico produces a limited number of Magnums (1,500 ml) of Altero. In exceptional vintages, Double Magnums (3,000 ml) are also released. Both these special formats are packaged in beautiful wooden cases, which are also available - upon request - for the regular bottle format (750 ml.).


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