Al­tesino Brunello di Mon­tal­cino 2012

Meet the bot­tle that is at the nexus of value, pedi­gree and out­right de­li­cious­ness.

Vancouver Magazine - - Time For Wine -


Brunello has to be made from 100-per­cent san­giovese grosso (a clone con­sid­ered more el­e­gant than san­giovese pi­collo, which is more com­mon in Chi­anti).


This is the Ital­ian Denom­i­nazione di orig­ine con­trol­lata e garan­tita, a list of 74 wines rec­og­nized as hav­ing ge­o­graph­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. Ev­ery bot­tle has a num­bered gov­ern­ment seal across it to pre­vent ma­nip­u­la­tion.


Brunello is in south­ern Tus­cany (its fa­mous neighour, Chi­anti, is from the north­ern part of Tus­cany).


Of­ten pres­tige wines (es­pe­cially those with sexy high point scores), if they ar­rive here at all, ar­rive in tiny quan­ti­ties. There are 500 cases of this wine avail­able and it’s in 45 stores.


While we don’t care about scores (right? right?), this wine re­ceived a score of 96 points from Wine Spec­ta­tor (which named it #11 on their famed Top 100 of 2017), best­ing many more ex­pen­sive la­bels (and it also got 94 points from Wine En­thu­si­ast).


This bot­tle re­tails for $57 at the BCLDB, which makes it one of the cheap­est brunel­los in B.C. The reg­u­lar price at U.S. mega-re­tailer BevMo is $75 U.S. (or $96 Cana­dian), mean­ing it’s a rare deal in B.C.


Oddly, 2012 is the cur­rent re­lease of this wine. By law, Brunello has to be aged at least two years in oak and four months in bot­tle be­fore it can be sold. This pro­ducer goes fur­ther with a four-year ag­ing pro­gram.

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