DOCG Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany)
Tito Costanti was a famous count who practiced law and was also a winemaker. In fact, he was one of the most committed figures in the original Montalcino area. As early as 1869 he anticipated today’s DOCG and DOC by introducing a first 5-year old wine called Brunello and using methods surprisingly similar to those used for Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino today. A Renaissance visionary whose legacy has been passed down generation to generation. The current successor is Andrea Costanti, a young descendant who took on the job with no wine experience, but in a short time he had proven himself worthy of his surname by producing a large range of top quality wines characterised by their striking elegance and intensity.
One of his best known wines, Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino is a red wine made from 100% Sangiovese from high fields in Montalcino, Tuscany. These are old vines on low, sandy soils that grow under the watchful eye of their grower. When the grapes reach optimum ripeness, they are harvested and taken straight to the winery. There, the grapes are selected, destemmed and pressed to begin alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts. The wine is macerated for about 14 days and then aged for a year in a selection of Allier and Slavonian oak barrels.
Although Conti Costanti is one of the most traditional estates in Montalcino, it has maintained its prestige whilst also keeping up with the times. This is clear to see in Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino, a deep, original and full of character DOC Rosso di Montalcino red wine which the founder would be very proud of if he were here to see it.
Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2018 is a concentrated red wine with aromas of ripe red and black fruit accompanied by floral hints of lavender and violet and touches of spice. On the palate it is powerful, deep and well structured. A medium-bodied wine with noticeable acidity and silky tannins. The finish is lingering and persistent.