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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2005
Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2005
(search item no. 104853)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $63.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Sangiovese. Vinification includes: fermentation on the skins for two weeks. The wine sojourns 36 months in wood: 18 months in Slavonian oak barrels (from 30 hl) and 18 months in French tonneaux (3.5 to 6 hl). Once bottled, the wine rests at least 12 months before it is released. Brilliant ruby in color, the intense, ripe aromas of berry fruit prelude a lush and full-bodied palate.
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About Conti Costanti:

The small town of Montalcino, huddled around its fortressed castle on the Tuscan hillside, is miniature perfection. Montalcino residents are a tightly knit community, with a strong sense of identity and deep love for their territory. Within this community, Andrea Costanti is a well known and highly liked figure. The Costanti family has been part of Montalcino history since 1555, yet Andrea is anything but 'old hat': young, brilliant and amiable, he very much moves with the times. You will find him perfectly at ease in Tuscany as in New York, in Paris or in Tokyo. In 1983, Andrea (at the time, fresh out of Siena University's geology department) took over from his uncle, Count Emilio – the man who first put Costanti on the wine map. A difficult task: yet this inexperienced youth not only coped with his huge new responsibilities, but actually upgraded and enhanced the family's reputation for making great Brunello. He achieved this by relying on his own fine instinct for wine and in-depth knowledge of the terrain's geological components. In time, these natural skills were perfected, so that he eventually styled the range together with Vittorio Fiore. Roughly 25 acres are under vine and vine age ranges from 6 to 25 years old. Soil type is classic Tuscan "galestro" (shale marls from the Cretaceous Era, formed by a mixture of sand and calcareous rock with very little clay).