Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 [375 ml]
(Tuscany, Italy) - [DM 98] [WE 98] [WA 95] [WS 94] [VM 93]
Regular price $58.00 Sale price $49.97 Save $8.03
The noble Costanti family goes back a long way - at least to Renaissance times. Costanti Brunellos, however, were jealously guarded secrets until the early 1960s, circulating solely among the owners' friends and family. Costanti's winemaking respects the terroir and the natural character of wines from a cooler area, aiming at long, slow evolution in the bottle rather than immediate impact.
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.
Decant at least an hour beforehand and pair with rich, structured dishes, red meat, game, seasoned cheeses.
Fermentation takes place on the skins in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks, lasting approximately 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.
Ratings & Reviews
98 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"After sitting out the 2014 vintage, Andrea Costanti calls 2015 a beautiful year and one of the best in the history of Brunello. He deemed it exceptional enough to craft a Riserva (to be released in 2021) yet his classic Brunello hasn't suffered for it. In fact, it's one of the greatest successes of the vintage. Gorgeous, seductive aromas are already expressive but still youthful. Cherry and plum are enveloped by exotic spice and a faint smokiness. The palate is plush and velvety with layers of powdery tannins that build, and tangy acid that cleanses the palate. Hedonistic but brilliantly balanced, it is hard to resist now but the best is definitely yet to come."
98 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Fragrant and all about finesse, this gorgeous wine opens with enticing aromas of blue flower, forest floor, wild berry and a whiff of eucalyptus. It's linear and elegant, delivering succulent red cherry, pomegranate, star anise and tobacco alongside polished tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it impeccably balanced. Drink 2022-2030." - KK (5/1/2020)
94 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A fruity style, featuring black cherry and black currant flavors, supported by notes of iron, leather and tobacco. Taut and vibrant, with a lingering finish. Best from 2023 through 2042. 1,290 cases imported." - BS (Apr 2020)
93 Points - Vinous Media:
"Costanti's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino explodes from the glass with a classic display of leather, dusty earth, dried strawberries, and savory spice. On the palate, soft, silky textures usher in ripe red fruits, complemented by sweet spices and brisk acids, which create a pure, feminine expression, as hints of fine tannin slowly mount. The finish is medium in length, with just a slight tug of tannic heft. It captures the sun-kissed nature of the vintage wonderfully, and while the 2015 may not be a wine for the ages, it will provide quite a bit of pleasure with mid-term cellaring." - Eric Guido (Apr 2020)