Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2018 - 750ml

Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2018 - 750ml

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99pts Kerin O’Keefe

Perfumed berry, pine forest, new leather and violet aromas mingle with enticing scents of vineyard dust that segue into underbrush and nutmeg. Linear, lithe and all about elegance, the savory palate has great energy that lifts juicy red cherry, spiced cranberry, star anise and tangy saline notes that linger on the close. Tight but refined tannins and vibrant acidity keep it youthfully tense and impeccably balanced. Those who love power and might could be surprised by its almost ethereal quality, but lovers of finesse, depth and balance will swoon in delight. Drink 2024–2038

94pts Decanter

In 2018, Andrea Costanti used fewer tonneaux than usual, opting instead for larger, less oxidative casks, a significant portion of which were new. This lends some oak nuances but doesn’t detract. Aromas of exotic spice, violet and chestnut are amplified by a touch of volatile acidity. Those dark purple floral notes carry through to the palate, which brags lovely weight with balanced proportions and mouthwatering, citrussy acidity. The tannins are weighing down the finish right now, but give this another year or so to come together and it should be a joy to drink.

93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

This wine displays a dark garnet color that suggests a robust and savory wine to follow. Indeed, the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino does reveal a rather austere approach with dried fruit, blackcurrant and fig. I wish there was just a hint more fresh fruitiness to those aromas, but the wine has already veered toward an evolved stage. This prompts me to suggest a shorter drinking window. There is a hint of dryness to the tannins, and the acidity is welcome.

93pts Wine Spectator

A racy red penetrated by juicy cherry, raspberry, rose hip and fresh thyme flavors fused to a linear structure, with dense, quivering tannins. Best from 2025 through 2040.

Winemaker Notes

Costanti Brunello di Montalcino is ruby red, with good intensity and garnet reflections. Ample and enveloping, with notes of ripe red fruit and hints of underbrush. Mild yet noble spice. Excellent structure with soft tannins and long aromatic persistence. In spite of the hot vintage, the acidity profile is exceptional.

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