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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.
91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - 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)