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2004 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
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About Costanti

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.

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2004 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Producer: Costanti
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Sangiovese
Origin: Italy
Region: Tuscany

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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , July 2010

Bright, full red. Initially reduced nose clears with aeration to reveal complex aromas of red cherry, redcurrant jelly, underbrush and violet. Sweet, supple and silky, with rather suave red fruit, tobacco and spice flavors. Firm and rich in extract, finishing with sneaky length. I'd decant this about three hours ahead. I should note that a couple of bottles I tried had a funky cork-induced smell, while others were impeccable. Andrea Costanti told me he wasn't aware of a problem, so it must have been my bad luck. (Empson U.S.A. Alexandria VA)

92 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Italy

Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines; sweet wines and dessert wines.
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Sangiovese

The trademark of wines from Tuscany, and especially those from the region of Chianti, was once the fiasco. This straw-colored flask may carry associations of lengthy rustic meals out on the portico of a villa in the Tuscan countryside, but this romantic reverie must be interrupted with a burst of reality...
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