Conti Costanti 2012 Vendemmia Brunello di Montalcino

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98 Pts - Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast

Immensely 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.

94+ Pts - ANTONIO GALLONI

"Vivid dark red. Ripe aromas of red cherry, blood orange and stone fruit. Smooth, dense and juicy, with flavors similar to the aromas but complicated by notes of fresh herbs, sweet spices and hints of flint. Long and suave, with noble but youthfully chewy tannins providing support. Knockout classic Brunello, in fact, one of the year’s best."

91 Pts - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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. (ML)  (2/2017)

THE VINEYARDS

The land covers 25 hectares, divided into 12 ha of vineyards, 4 ha of olive groves and the rest is fallow land and woodland.

The vineyards are at an altitude of 310-400m above sea level, and for these great care has gone into selecting the optional exposure.

The vines are Sangiovese known locally as Brunello and range from 6 to 25 years old.

Three hectares have recently been planted with Merlot and Cabernet. The land is very poor organically though rich in lithoid components. Geologically it is galestro from cretacic era. Plant density varies from 3.333 to 5.500 vines per hectare.

The harvest usually takes place at the beginning of October.

THE CELLAR

Fermentation takes place on the skins in stainless vats and lasts from 14-21 days depending on the vintage. The Brunello is aged in 30Hl Slavonian oak cask, between 3 and 15 years old and in 5Hl barriques. The younger wines are aged in three year old, 225 and 335 liter barriques made from Allier oak, medium toast.

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