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Costanti, Conti

Tasting Notes


Costanti’s 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva presents a very elegant style that reconciles modern and traditional styles with unusual grace and beauty. A translucent red, it reveals terrific detail and purity in its tobacco, ripe red cherries, tar, smoke and spices. This medium-bodied Brunello will benefit from another two years or so of bottle age and should drink well for another decade. It is a terrific effort. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.

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The Winery

Costanti, Conti

It was 1983 when a very young Andrea Costanti took over Colle a Matrichese, inheriting quite a large responsibility for one of the few distinguished labels of quality in Montalcino at the time. The passing years have demonstrated an increasingly confident manifestation of total harmony among the characteristics of the land, the Brunello of these unique vineyards and Andrea Costanti's sensibility to wine and his encompassing idea of the experience and pleasure of wine.

In developing the aromatic variety of the wines as far as possible, he has aimed for an elegant and perfect bouquet. As a result, the vines have rewarded him with even richer aromas though grown at an altitude in excess of 400 meters with consequent extreme ranges in temperature. This young wine-maker has aspired to produce long-lasting and complex wines which, by nature, need time to mature and are not easy to make. Although he has a great respect for the Brunello tradition, he is continually looking to the future with his far-reaching innovations.

The age of the vines, their particular biotypes and the soil composition have also aided in rendering a rich and long-lasting wine. The authenticity of these wines rises above the fleeting trends.

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