Decanter recently released their list of top Tuscan wines for 2020 and at the top of the list is the 2015 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino. We offered this back at the end of last year, and we were just able to get a few more cases of this incredible bottle. 2016 is all the rage right now, but we think '15 is with its slightly more classic character and balance is a winning vintage.
Costanti is one of the few classic producers left in Tuscany. Sticking with tradition, their wines have seen very little change over the years. The Costanti family has a lineage dating back to the 1500s and being one of the first to start calling the grapes from the region Brunello. They are responsible for bringing the wine of this region to the modern world. Costanti has 12 hectares of vineyards grown at a high elevation of 400 meters, all farmed organically. The current winemaker Andrea says there is a great impact on the complexity of the bouquet from their farming techniques, coupled with their vineyard elevation and composition. After tasting their back vintages Brunello di Montalcino we agree wholeheartedly. The 2015 vintage for Brunello is a dream vintage and is one of Costanti's most significant efforts to date. This is, in our opinion, one of the top stops for classic Brunello. These masterfully balanced wines reflect the tradition and history of one of the world's most significant wine-growing regions.
Decanter 98 points! "After sitting out the 2014 vintage, Andrea Costanti calls 2015 a beautiful year and one of the best in the history of Brunello. He deemed it exceptional enough to craft a Riserva (to be released in 2021) yet his classic Brunello hasn't suffered for it. In fact, it's one of the greatest successes of the vintage. Gorgeous, seductive aromas are already expressive but still youthful. Cherry and plum are enveloped by exotic spice and a faint smokiness. The palate is plush and velvety with layers of powdery tannins that build, and tangy acid that cleanses the palate. Hedonistic but brilliantly balanced, it is hard to resist now but the best is definitely yet to come."
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 95 points! "The Conti Costanti 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is vinous and ripe with lots of energy that comes from plummy black fruit and dried blackberry. The wine is front-loaded with those varietal tones, but the mouthfeel reveals a more delicate and softer approach than you might expect given the potency of that first nose. The wine achieves harmony, and offers a nice, long finish. The label states that fruit comes from the Colle al Matrichese, but I am not sure if that is an official estate vineyard designation. Either way, this is a serious cellar-worthy Brunello to sip and consider with a platter of fine cheeses."