2012 Albatreti Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1318109 93 points James Suckling

 A dense and rich Brunello with so much fruit. A wealth of blackberry and black cherry character. Dried mushrooms, too. Full and layered with plenty of tannins. Powerful. Goes on for minutes. Savory and intriguing. Drink or hold.  (10/2017)

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2019 | Send Email
This wine is ready to drink now and is showing just how good Brunellos can be. It has nice red fruits that are balanced out with a crisp finish and wonderful rustic earthy undertones. It is my favorite Brunello that is in stock now and will go well with meats and other hearty foods.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2019 | Send Email
I love the nose on this wine it’s full of wild cherry, Tuscan brush, leather, rosemary and Middle Eastern spices with hints of smoke. On the palate the wine is supple, round yet has a backbone born of Sangiovese’s long core of acidic structure while the wine has real body, weight and still a delicate richness that seems to emphasize the fruit. This wine is complex lots of wild cherry, leather, porcini, earth, oyster shells, smoke, rosemary, dried meats and spice that play out into a long finish. It has really great balance, I drank a bottle a couple of weeks ago and it was perfect but it will go for another decade plus, it is a total bargain!

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2019 | Send Email
What an outstanding find at such a great price. Classic Brunello with phenomenal structure. Dense with elegant tannins, this wine is mouth fillingly rich with juicy refreshing acidity. Dried cherries, chewy tannins, with tertiary aromas of leather and spice. With decanting, this wine drinks beautifully on it's own, but you may find yourself craving wild mushroom ragu, or wild boar sugo.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2019 | Send Email
It's back!!!Albatreti is a newest find ( Our third vintage for you) to Greg & I and we thought that we must share this with you! You will find a lot of Tuscany in this glass that is ripe and fleshy with cocoa, spice, black fruit and density, full-bodied and broad on the palate with complex layers of earth and some good tannin structure on the finish. This is a wine that is very user friendly now and has the aging potential of 5 to 10 or more years. This is the ideal match for red meats and roasted poultry or just a BIG glass all by itself after a long day from work.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2019 | Send Email
My colleagues discovered the wines of this producer several years ago and they have remained customer favorites since. We met up with Gaetano Salvioni in 2016 during our Italian travels and were reminded why. His 2012 Brunello hits all the right notes with wonderful savory red fruit, exotic spices and an overall freshness, depth and length not normally found at this price. We re-tasted this wine recently and it's not only maturing nicely but drinking wonderfully now.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2019 | Send Email
An absolutely delicious wine from an elegant and balanced vintage to decant tonight or lay away. This is rich and ripe with an earthy nose of baked soil and an intense middle of ripe and savory cherry fruit in a round and approachable style. The wine is becoming quite burnished with hints of leather poking through the dry finish of ripe tannin.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2019 | Send Email
We sell a lot of Brunello. It's difficult to argue with the general quality of this very special place, but we do have issues sometimes teasing out the really special wines from a selection of incredible pedigree and value. This Albetreti hits all the notes and delivers on the promise of Brunello that it's the best Sangiovese your money can buy. I love this special grape and this region provides such a variety of styles, it never gets boring for me. But also it's hard to argue that $40 can take you further anywhere else in the world. 7 Years since harvest and this wine is already in developed some serious stuffing. The nose is bold dark brambly berry fruit, but never fruity or jammy feeling. Dense earthy undertones tamp down the fruit. The palate is chewy and dense, although the tannins have softened and we're well into the drinking phase of this special wine. I'm a strong believer in the power and grace of old brunello and this is one that will easily repay your patience, but is already on deck for those that need something tonight!

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2019 | Send Email
The bass notes keep pounding! This is a dark beast of a Brunello. I love its weight, power, and assertiveness. It’s kind of a “take no prisoners” style. Dark plums, black berries, and a dose of heartiness inform this earthy, savory wine. It was a great surprise to come up with this 2012 hold over. Such an amazing find. I dare you to find the hearty dish that it can’t stand up to. Drink it now or age it for 100 years! I think it might go the distance, even if I may not.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
Most of our Brunello releases are of the 2013 vintage but this little guy has an extra year that makes all the difference! A wonderful savory nose of marinated raisins and balsamic makes the tummy growl with anticipation and once you get it into your mouth the soft abundant tannins will have you singing with joy! This wine is big and beautiful!

Additional Information:



- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


Specific Appellation:

Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.