2013 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino

Year: 2013
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 94
Vinous Media: 96
Wine Enthusiast: 97--Decanter: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Macerated cherry fruit holds the center of this elegant red, accented by grass, tobacco and earth flavors. Firm yet supple and elegant, this lingers with a touch of thyme. Best from 2021 through 2035. 1,450 cases made.–BS " (WS)

"Very deep red. Flinty, floral red cherry and underbrush on the enticing, very pure, precise nose. Then silky and suave, with ripe red cherry, underbrush and savory spices lingering nicely on the long creamy finish. Another classic, outstanding Brunello from Costanti, who has made a few in his time." (VM)

"Delicately scented, this offers underbrush, pressed violet and wild berry aromas. It's medium-bodied and loaded with elegance, delivering crushed raspberry, Morello cherry, licorice and a hint of pipe tobacco set against taut, refined tannins. Bright acidity provides balance. It's a bit austere at this stage but will develop beautifully. Drink 2023–2043." (WE)

Winery Notes:
100% Sangiovese from vineyards at 1,315-1,480 feet a.s.l. The soil is classic Tuscan galestro - shale marls from the Cretaceous Era, formed by a mixture of sand and calcareous rock, with very little clay. The vines are six to 25 years old. 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. Brilliant ruby in color, the intense, ripe aromas of berry fruit prelude a lush and full-bodied palate, gorgeous tannins and nice structure, good longevity.