Costanti harvested at the end of September in this warm rather than hot year ageing the Riserva for 18 months first in medium size French oak barrels then equal time in 30 hectolitre Slavonian oak casks. Today the wine still demonstrates the austerity of the vintage. The acidity is assertive and tannins resolute. However, it is starting to open up with fragrant fennel, iron, mineral and dark cherry. A thrilling Brunello with the best yet to come. (MM)
Good deep, full red. Knockout nose offers black fruits, licorice, curry powder and rose oil, plus a hint of leather; Musigny meets Barbaresco. Silky and sweet, but with terrific grip and class. Conveys an impression of density and thickness without weight. Wonderfully tactile wine with a savory, mineral-driven finish and outstanding saline persistence. Built to age, and yet this wine is impeccably balanced from day one. (ST)
Costanti’s 2006 Brunello di Montalcino was simply fabulous. One of the more refined Brunellos in this tasting, the 2006 was gracious, silky and polished from the very first taste. (AG) 96+
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a dazzling wine. The aromatics alone are haunting. Sweet red cherries, rosemary, sage, tobacco and cedar are woven into a fabric of nearly indescribable elegance. Costanti’s straight Brunello can sometimes lack a little depth in its fruit, but not in 2006. This totally complete, harmonious Brunello is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. It is a stunner. As delicious as the wine is now, it really needs at least a handful of years for the firm tannins to start melting away. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. (AG) 95+
The Costanti family traces its roots in Siena back to the 1500s and, like the Biondi-Santi, were involved in the 19th century development of the wine that would become Brunello. Their estate is just south of town, including 30 acres of vines rising to elevations of 1,000 to 1,300 feet, where they grew a quiet, delicately perfumed Sangiovese in 2006. The tart cherry flavors are subtle, with hints of orange zest and dusty black mineral tannins that last. The tight grip of the wine will hold it fresh for a decade or more.
Offers a mix of cedar, cherry, licorice and tobacco aromas and flavors, all married to a medium-weight, compact frame. Tightens up on the finish, yet there's fine intensity and grip. This should develop well. Best from 2013 through 2025. (BS)
Intense aromas of black chocolate, coffee beans, dried cherries, and flowers follow through to a full body, with round and chewy tannins and a medium finish. Needs time to soften and show you all that is there. Best after 2014.
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