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Antonio Galloni, March 2016,
The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the classiest wines of the vintage. Macerated cherry, cinnamon, orange peel and spice notes are all fused together in a succulent, impeccably balanced Brunello endowed with fabulous balance, knock-out aromatics and remarkable grace. Costanti's 2011 is a rare Brunello from this vintage that has enough structure to age for a number of years. Its class and pedigree are evident, even at this early stage. The 2011 spent a year in tonneau and two years in cask. There will be no 2011 Riserva.
The Costanti Family’s agricultural influence has been felt in Montalcino since the early 18th century. Brothers Crescenzio and Carlo were dedicated to cultivating the vast hills surrounding the ancient village of Colle al Matrichese, with Costanti being one of the first producers to refer to the wines of Montalcino as ‘Brunello’. More recently in 1983, fledgling winemaker Andrea Constanti inherited the family estate and its 7 hectares of vineyards, striving to produce complex yet elegant wines, which, by their very nature, are some of the longest-lasting wines in the world. While Andrea has always been an admirer of the region’s winemaking traditions, he is very progressive in his approach and, working alongside consultant oenologist Vittorio Fiore, he is continually finding new ways to improve the quality of his wines. Costanti’s Brunellos are often unapproachable in their youth, however with some patience and bottle age, they are amongst the richest and most intricate wines in all of Montalcino, teeming with dark fruit and elegant tannins.
Located southwest of Chianti, Montalcino came into its own in the late 1880s when local producer,Biondi-Santi, discovered a Sangiovese clone in his vineyard that was darker in colour than the rest. Its colour, however, was not its only attribute. It produced a wine with notable body, structure and length. He named it ‘brunello' meaning little dark one. This grape's genetic properties along with Montalcino's relatively temperate climate combine to create a wine stylistically different to that of more northerly Chianti. They are usually released approximately 5 years after the vintage following 2 to 4 years ageing in wood. The denomination of Riserva indicates a wine usually produced with more concentrated grapes than the traditional cuvéeand requires a minimum of one additional year of ageing.Today, Montalcino has become one of the most sought after appellations in the Tuscan region.