A blockbuster Sangiovese from one of the premier Brunello producers! Spiced red berry fruit characters are supported by an attractive savoury character, with a hint of liquorice on the long finish.
Profile: Sangiovese is Italy's most planted grape variety, and the most dominant in Central Italy where it is responsible for some of the world's classic wines. Sangiovese has a broad flavour spectrum, ranging through mulberries, prunes, spice, tobacco, sometimes leather and chestnuts with a tendency toward extreme savouriness rather than fruit sweetness. When yields are low, as they typically are in the Classico zones and Brunello, the wines produced show extreme concentration and great longevity. There are few better pleasures than a mature Sangiovese. As with Nebbiolo, it is rather unfortunate that Sangiovese has rarely been mastered outside of its traditional home.
Classic Regions: Chianti, Brunello, Marche, Emilia-Romagna (Italy), McLaren Vale (Australia)
The Costanti family has owned this 10 hectare estate for over 200 years. Andrea Costanti inherited it from his uncle in the mid-1980s, and has worked hard to take it to its current positon as one of the very best in Montalcino. The style is characterised by a striking elegance and intensity, combining the power of Montalcino with the elegance that comes from vineyards situated at a high altitude in the northern part of the zone. The vineyards are planted over 400 metres above sea level, on galestro soil that is typical of the area. This friable rock soil is also found in Chianti Classico, and is particularly suited to the production of good Sangiovese.