2010 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1.5 L

Year: 2010
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 98
Wine Enthusiast: 98
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"This is tightly wound and powerful, featuring strawberry, cherry, hibiscus tea, earth and tobacco flavors. Racy and firm, this finishes with freshness and excellent length. Best from 2019 through 2034. 1,000 cases made. –BS " (WS)

"This is a spectacular effort. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva shows deep, inner intensity and lovely aromatic characteristics that are very true to the mighty Sangiovese grape. You can't go wrong with a wine like this, especially if you are seeking the true flavors of Montalcino. The aromas are presented in neat and tidy fashion with wild berry, blue flower, spice and herb that converge to create a united front. In the mouth, the wine delivers ample power and momentum with dark flavors and firm structure. The wine need another few years of bottle aging to flesh out further." (WA)

"The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is fabulous. Dark cherry, lavender, mint, hard candy and a host of balsamic-inflected notes soar from the glass as this towering, structured Rivera shows off its personality. This is one of the more tannic, backward Riserva of the vintage. As such, demands patience. Just as extraordinary as it was last year, the Riserva once again shows just how magical this vintage was for Andrea Costanti." (VM)

"Aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, new leather, menthol and a whisper of blue flower unfold on this stunning, elegantly structured wine. The vibrant palate doles out ripe black cherry, cinnamon and star anise framed in firm, fine-grained tannins. Hold for even more complexity. Absolutely superb. Drink 2022–2035." (WE)

Winery Notes:
100% Sangiovese from vineyards at 1,315-1,480 feet above sea level composed of classic Tuscan galestro.

The wine sojourns 36 months in wood: 18 months in Slovenian oak barrels (30 hl.) and 18 months in French tonneaux (3.5 to 6 hl.). Once bottled, the wine rests at least 24 months before it is released.

Deep ruby red with aromas of plums, smoke, and coffee. Graceful tannins and a beautiful finish. This wine is complex and austere, and will undoubtedly benefit from further bottle age, peaking in 5-10 years’ time