Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2012

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The Costanti's are an ancient family originally from Siena, dating back to the 15th century. When Cosimo de’ Medici prevailed in 1559 after years of fighting for control of Siena, an indignant group of nobles preferred to leave their home than to submit to their new lord: it was this emigration that brought Conte Scipione Costanti to Montalcino, where he built a villa in Colle al Matrichese. Generations later on the same property, Santi and Tito Costanti grew the first of the local clone of Sangiovese to be vinified as a single-varietal wine, and Tito presented two bottles of this Brunello – labeled 1865 and 1869 – at an exhibition of quality wine from the territories surrounding Siena.

The 20th century saw the first commercial Costanti Brunello with Conte Emilio, who built on his ancestors’ labor and study of the land when he began production in the early 70’s. He and his brother Elvio created a top-flight wine made from 10 ha of vineyards within the family’s 25 ha estate. In 1982 the time came to pass the precious operation to younger hands, and the estate lured their grandson Andrea away from his studies in geology. This current generation, still living in the ancestral villa, engrossed himself wholeheartedly in the Costanti estate, where he enlisted the direction of consultant Vittorio Fiore (who produces one of our all-time favorite Italian wines - Il Carbonaione). Together, the two present elegant, fragrant Brunello and Brunello Riserva as well as a Rosso di Montalcino and Vermiglio. Despite the oak used sparingly for all but the Brunello normale, they maintain traditional practices and keep production extremely limited for these stellar wines.

The New York Times sings Constanti's praises: 'Our top wines showed the balance of fruit and flowers, freshness, purity and minerality that I have come to love in Brunello di Montalcino. Without that keen balance, some wines tipped over into dense fruitiness. Few wines, thankfully, were overtly oaky or seemed sweet. Our top bottle came from Conti Costanti, which year after year makes gorgeous wines that manage to combine power, elegance and subtlety. The 2010 was a wine of great purity that captured the beauty of Sangiovese from Montalcino, and which will improve for years...'
Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Brunello di Montalcino
Brand Conti Costanti
Alcohol/vol 14%
  • we98

Wine EnthusiastImmensely inviting, this opens with fragrant pipe tobacco, crushed berry, new leather and pressed violet aromas. On the palate, firm, refined tannins underpin juicy black cherry, raspberry and cinnamon flavors, while orange zest accents and an energizing mineral note lift the finish. It's beautifully balanced with bright acidity and will reward a bit of cellaring. Drink 2020-2032.

Kerin O'Keefe, April 1, 2017
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorSweet cherry, licorice, leather and wild herb aromas and flavors converge on the dense structure of this red, which takes on a tannic edge as it plays out. There's plenty of fruit, and all the components seem to be in the right proportions. Best from 2021 through 2036. 3,000 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson, June 15, 2017
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateThe 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.

Monica Larner, February 28, 2017