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When Andrea Costanti took over the family business from his Uncle Emilio in 1983, he had big shoes to fill—the Costantis have been one of the premier wine families in Montalcino since the 1500s. Costanti proved more than up to the challenge, however, and today, produces complex, aromatic Brunellos, plus the Super Tuscan Vermiglio.
94(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2006
($73) Deep red. Blackberry, minerals and dried flowers on the vibrant nose. Then dense and sweet but lively, with compelling intensity and purity of flavor and terrific penetration. The red and darker berry flavors are perfectly framed by ripe acids that give the wine exceptional vinosity and energy. This outstanding and very young Brunello offers an exhilarating combination of fruit of steel, seductive sweetness and a terrific spine-not to mention palate-staining persistence. Relies as much on its acidity as on its ripe tannins for structure. (Empson U.S.A., Alexandria, VA)