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Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2007

Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
  • RP96
  • ST94
  • WS91
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Winemaker Notes

Brilliant ruby in color, the intense, ripe aromas of berry fruit prelude a lush and full-bodied palate, gorgeous tannis and nice structure, good longevity.

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RP 96
The Wine Advocate

The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is more elegant and less explosive than the Riserva. Exquisite aromatics meld into layers of expressive fruit in a Brunello that is surprisingly crystalline for the vintage. Crushed rocks, minerals and violets emerge over time, adding considerable finesse. Always light on its feet, the 2007 has plenty of vintage character and fabulous overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2032.

ST 94
International Wine Cellar

Good full, bright red. Complex, soil-inflected aromas of red cherry, red berries, flowers, spices and minerals. Wonderfully plump, seamless and suave, with enticing sweetness to its red fruit and mineral flavors. A saline element, harmonious acidity and underlying minerality give sappiness and elegance to this very long, strong, sophisticated 2007. This wonderfully silky, sweet, expressive wine retained its energy well after 72 hours in the recorked bottle. A beauty. 94(+?) points

WS 91
Wine Spectator

Rich and plummy, with ripe macerated fruit flavors that show hints of iron and dried beef. Concentrated and supple, firming up on the finish.

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Conti Costanti, , Italy
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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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Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place the primary emphasis upon its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally warm to hot. In the center of the country lies a vast, dry plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought. Because of its location on the Iberian Peninsula, many of Spain’s wine regions are located on or near the milder coast, either of the Bay of Biscay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest, or the Mediterranean sea to the south and east. Each of these regions has its own unique soil, climate, and topography, as well as principal grape varieties.

In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate, though elsewhere the most popular wines are generally red. Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from Viura. Ribera del Duero produces opulent, fruity, top-quality wines from almost exclusively Tempranillo. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, blends Garnacha with Cariñena (Carignan) to make bold, full-bodied wines with a hint of earthiness. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez. Since the 1990s, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc have been steadily increasing in importance in several regions.

WWH125855_2007 Item# 121147

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