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 Vintage1997 Label 2 of 30 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2003 vintage.)
ProducerPoggio Antico (web)
AppellationBrunello di Montalcino

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2014 (based on 16 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Poggio Antico Altero on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.3 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 42 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by aagrawal on 2/27/2015 & rated 87 points: Dinner at Home; 2/26/2015-2/27/2015 (Fremont, CA): Medium ruby color with age-appropriate bricking; nose has a lot of funk, very similar to previous bottles which I thought might be flawed... It's just the style and blows off after a while, underlying red fruit, some spice; palate is medium bodied, nice acidity, red fruit, clean; finish is medium length. Despite the initial funkiness, very nice. 86-88 (576 views)
 Tasted by Nothung on 11/1/2014 & rated 90 points: Opened 5 hours before serving, decanted 2.5 hours. Evolved beautifully, opening up and shedding a hint of mustiness that existed when first opened. A good (not spectacular) expression of Brunello. Served with osso buco. Paired very well. Definitely drinking well now and should hold for another couple of years at least. (1039 views)
 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 4/19/2014 & rated 92 points: This bottle was really beginning to taste old. I would suggest drinking sooner than later! (1899 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/23/2014 & rated 90 points: Much lighter weight than I would have expected. Beautiful dark garnet color, pleasant aromatics, nice balance in the mouth, but fruit a bit muted, and lacking depth and structure. Not a stand out for 97. (2082 views)
 Tasted by jeffuncorked on 9/23/2013 flawed bottle: Oxidized flat and past its prime (2957 views)
 Tasted by bcmatthias on 3/1/2013 & rated 91 points: Very high alcohol flavors, but very good. (3566 views)
 Tasted by ArieS on 11/15/2012 flawed bottle: Corked and cooked...... (10429 views)
 Tasted by fatsdmx on 10/14/2012: Perhaps slightly corked. Just enough to linger and disappoint. (9892 views)
 Tasted by Grantsky on 6/10/2012 & rated 90 points: Disappointed. Definite oxidation (9965 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 5/25/2012 flawed bottle: Badly corked. (8461 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 5/25/2012 flawed bottle: 2nd bottle opened after the first bottle was badly corked. This one still doesn't seem right, though it's much better than the first bottle. Earthy and musty on the nose; palate is a bit muted, a tad bitter, some light red fruit. I'm going to rate this flawed but I'm not opening my last of three bottles. Bad luck... I'll open it up in a year or so and hope my luck changes. (9248 views)
 Tasted by thelostverse on 5/15/2012 & rated 90 points: Brought by J3 to Vie. Some debate as to whether this was corked or not, but I think it was just musty and not tainted. Roasted meats and earthy mushrooms, with nicely integrated tannins. (7767 views)
 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 3/7/2012 & rated 96 points: This is what drinking aged wine is really all about! Lively, with enduring acidity... great softer fruit notes... still requiring about an hour of initial decanting. Magnificent in the glass! (8249 views)
 Tasted by hiroshisugi on 10/22/2011 & rated 93 points: Beautiful, mature Brunello that is ready to be consumed. Tobacco and roasted fruit on the nose. Medium body. Flavor profile ranges from tobacco, leather to dried, spicy fruit. Elegant finish. We had it with a wood-fired neapolitan style pizza and everyone loved it! (8563 views)
 Tasted by cephomer on 10/20/2011 & rated 88 points: I've been drinking this wine on occasion over the past few years. This is my last bottle and I have to say I'm somewhat surprised that it's still drinking ok. Last time, I thought the wine was over the hill. Today, showing lots of tobacco and still some fruit--though definitely has seen better days. Drink up! (8416 views)
 Tasted by Wino from Michigan on 10/10/2010 & rated 91 points: Consistent notes -- very new world with bright dried cherries -- not traditionally minerally -- (9044 views)
 Tasted by beaunehead on 7/26/2010 & rated 93 points: Tobacco fans rejoice, as this brooding Brunello has tipped from roasted fruit flavors over into the cigar realm. Aromas of dried herb and tobacco dominate the remaining fruit notes, and on the palate the astringent tobacco notes soar over layers of vanilla and roasted cherry. Dry finish, evolved tannins and a long cigar box echo. Reaching peak? (9130 views)
 Tasted by Milos on 4/8/2010 & rated 91 points: Very enjoyable wine. Modern style, lush and rich. Dense colour but slightly faded. The nose is forward with cigar box , wild cherry and raspberry; wood and leather complexity kick in at the end. Good finish. Very nice lunch at Pallucci. Great match to penne with mushrooms (9238 views)
 Tasted by markelln@bellsouth.net on 3/24/2010 & rated 91 points: Let breathe in open bottle for an hour. Very good with some graphite minerality. (9381 views)
 Tasted by beaunehead on 3/16/2010 & rated 91 points: Massive expression of sweet pipe tobacco and cigar box on nose and palate with hints of chocolate on the finish. Tannins are drying out and the finish is moderate in length. Very nice to drink now and over the next few years. (9483 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 3/4/2010 & rated 92 points: 1997 Brunello Blindtasting Dinner (plus 1950 Margaux) (Lupa Trattoria, San Francisco, California): Medium dark red violet color; tar, dried cherry, roses nose, with a touch of oxidation; tasty, rounded, dried cherry, raspberry, nutmeg palate; medium-plus finish (9741 views)
 Tasted by Wino from Michigan on 12/23/2009 & rated 92 points: Very good new world Brunello -- not as minerially as most traditional Brunello's but in its style it is very good and one of my favorite -- drinking excellent now. (9596 views)
 Tasted by Ibetian on 11/23/2009 & rated 90 points: Not sure what to make of this wine. It certainly improved significantly in the hour after opening. The nose offered little at first, then opened to show pleasing complexity. Medium body. Fairly short finish. A nice wine for sure, but not a good QPR, IMO. I'll drink my last bottle soon. (9651 views)
 Tasted by Ibetian on 9/29/2009 flawed bottle: Mildly corked (9789 views)
 Tasted by SteelerFan on 8/5/2008 & rated 91 points: Drank at I Trulli. Very nice Brunello. It was extremely smooth and fresh tasting, with a nice core of berry, cassis and cherry flavors. It was on the light side, almost like a burgundy, but not at all wimpy. It is drinking very well now - I don't think it will fade soon, but may not improve. (10176 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/12/2003)
(Poggio Antico, Altero Brunello di Montalcino Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/4/2010)
(Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero) Medium dark red violet color; tar, dried cherry, roses nose, with a touch of oxidation; tasty, rounded, dried cherry, raspberry, nutmeg palate; medium-plus finish  92 points
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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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