Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2011

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Costanti is in the upper ranks of Brunello in my books. The reason is their vintage typicity and deft ability to produce elegant Sangiovese. Most of the recent lauded vintages of Brunello have been quite rich – 2007 and 2010 in particular. For classicists, 2011 is a welcome return to a more aromatic, mid-weight style. These wines drink early and pair broadly due to their higher acids. Thus, you can go with anything from steak to game, charcuterie, and even appropriately seasoned poultry.

Costanti is one of the original Brunello producers and they have an incredibly consistent history of quality. Located in the north, near the town of Montalcino, in the crus of Matrichese and Montosoli. The vineyards range from 310-440 metres above sea-level and are southwest facing. Soils are of the famed galestro type. Vines are 6-28 years old today.

The estate has focused lately on enhancing aromatics – for me, the mark of the greatest wines – and have successfully been doing so. The 2011 is a wonderful example of their achievement with floral aromas around the bright red cherry notes and some pine scents. All is consistent with the qualities I admire about this state from year to year.

Excellent
$95 + tax at BCLDB

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