Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Front Label
Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Front Label

Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2005

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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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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is a gorgeous Brunello endowed with notable clarity and depth in its red fruit, licorice, tobacco and herbs. The wine possesses quite a bit of density in this vintage along with plenty of stuffing to match the tannins. High-toned flowers and subtle herbs linger on the delicate finish. This is one of only a handful of 2005 Brunellos that has the potential to develop positively over the coming years. I have tasted the 2005 on multiple occasions recently, and it continues to come together beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025. This is a beautiful set of new releases from Costanti, a reference-point producer of traditionally made Brunello and Rosso.
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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).

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Famous for its bold, layered and long-lived red, Brunello di Montalcino, the town of Montalcino is about 70 miles south of Florence, and has a warmer and drier climate than that of its neighbor, Chianti. The Sangiovese grape is king here, as it is in Chianti, but Montalcino has its own clone called Brunello.

The Brunello vineyards of Montalcino blanket the rolling hills surrounding the village and fan out at various elevations, creating the potential for Brunello wines expressing different styles. From the valleys, where deeper deposits of clay are found, come wines typically bolder, more concentrated and rich in opulent black fruit. The hillside vineyards produce wines more concentrated in red fruits and floral aromas; these sites reach up to over 1,600 feet and have shallow soils of rocks and shale.

Brunello di Montalcino by law must be aged a minimum of four years, including two years in barrel before realease and once released, typically needs more time in bottle for its drinking potential to be fully reached. The good news is that Montalcino makes a “baby brother” version. The wines called Rosso di Montalcino are often made from younger vines, aged for about a year before release, offer extraordinary values and are ready to drink young.

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