Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2013  £55.00

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A family run estate for more than 200 years based near the town of Montalcino it comprises 10 hectares in Colle al Matrichese. Now in the hands of Andrea Costanti. This is a wine which is defined by its striking balance between elegance and intensity which firmly puts it and its makers among the best in the entire Montalcino area.

91 Points by Monica Larner for

The Conti Costanti 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sure bet even if you are a Sangiovese novice. This is a richly extracted and beautifully layered red wine that imparts generous fruit tones supported by ample spice and tobacco. The effect is supple and round, especially with regards to the bouquet. I am perhaps a little more hesitant when it comes to the mouthfeel. I tend to notice the overripe fruit here and there is a sour cherry flavor that reinforces this impression. The wine is soft and supple in texture, so basically it offers a mixed bag of mostly positive vinous sensations that make it attractive for near-term consumption.

Like many of its neighbors, Conti Costanti will not release a 2014 Brunello di Montalcino. The cold and soggy growing conditions were particularly damaging to vineyards to the east of Montalcino where this estate has vineyards. Fruit that would have gone to the Brunello will be redirected to the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino instead. This wine is aged longer in oak to step up its performance and place it, stylistically speaking, somewhere between a Rosso and a Brunello.

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