- Conti Costanti
- 2023 - 2035
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Eric Guido, Vinous, October 2021,
An alluring, spicy and dusty mix of cherry and raspberry preserves, crushed stone and dusty flowers is lifted by cedar shavings and dried citrus peels as the majestic 2017 Brunello di Montalcino blossoms in the glass. This is fleshy yet delicate in feel, displaying pure ripe red berry fruit, nicely contrasted by salty mineral tones, and lacking only a bit of midpalate depth that might take it to the next level. It tapers off long while leaving the mouth watering for more, as a gentle tug of tannin slowly fades under rosy inner florals. Andrea Costanti didn’t produce a Riserva in 2017, and so all of that juice was used to try to bolster the Brunello. From what I’ve tasted, I’d say he succeeded. Drink 2024-2029.
Decanter, November 2021,
Andrea Costanti has crafted an appetising and characterful 2017, expressive without being over-exuberant or pushed. He reports doing more extraction than usual, with extended post-fermentation macerations as skins were thick and healthy. The tannins are textured and gritty without being green or bitter. While this doesn’t have the profoundness of 2016 or the silkiness of 2015 there is much charm in its vigour. Polished wood, subtle smoke, plum and bay leaf emerge from a backdrop of dry, dusty earth while concentrated acidity keeps it vibrant. One of the stars of the vintage. Drink 2023 - 2032.
Jancis Robinson, February 2022,
Just mid ruby. Lifted nose that is a little ethereal and hinting at concentrated cherry fruit. Super-elegant palate and yet lots of concentration and fine, long tannins. Poised.
ML, February 2022,
The Conti Costanti 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is nicely layered and concentrated, with an immediate delivery of black fruit, spice and potting soil. This vintage shows a savory personality more than it shows a sweet one, and the tannins are quite soft and velvety. This is an open-knit Brunello from a hot and dry vintage to drink in the medium-term. Drink 2024-2038.
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.