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Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010

  • we98
  • wa95
  • ws93
Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010

SKU 50715


The production of a "Reserve", as we have been taught by Franco Biondi Santi, is part of the tradition of Brunello di Montalcino, more than the cru or single-vineyard wines. Given that Brunello is an extremely important wine, when I decide to make a Reserve I always have to be sure that what I have is outstanding, absolutely fabulous: the best Brunello in an exceptional year, one of those that occur about three times in each decade. A Reserve must also be seen as a Brunello with a very long cellar-life, a wine capable of ageing for decades. Consequently, a young Brunello Reserve is always much more tannic and characterised by greater acidity, requiring a certain number of years of bottle-ageing.
Category Red Wine
Region Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
Brand Conti Costanti
  • we98

Wine EnthusiastCellar Selection. Aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, new leather, menthol and a whisper of blue flower unfold on this stunning, elegantly structured wine. The vibrant palate doles out ripe black cherry, cinnamon and star anise framed in firm, fine-grained tannins. Hold for even more complexity. Absolutely superb. Drink 2022-2035.

Kerin O'Keefe, May 1, 2016
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateThis is a spectacular effort. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva shows deep, inner intensity and lovely aromatic characteristics that are very true to the mighty Sangiovese grape. You can't go wrong with a wine like this, especially if you are seeking the true flavors of Montalcino. The aromas are presented in neat and tidy fashion with wild berry, blue flower, spice and herb that converge to create a united front. In the mouth, the wine delivers ample power and momentum with dark flavors and firm structure. The wine need another few years of bottle aging to flesh out further.

Monica Larner, March 2016
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorThis is tightly wound and powerful, featuring strawberry, cherry, hibiscus tea, earth and tobacco flavors. Racy and firm, this finishes with freshness and excellent length. Best from 2019 through 2034. 1,000 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson, June 15, 2016