conti costanti, brunello di montalcino 2012
WINE ENTHUSIAST
98
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
91

2012 conti costanti, brunello di montalcino

Why We're Buying

Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino is a stunner. The sangiovese sports a deep garnet hue and notes of berries, violets, vanilla, and rose. This impeccably structured red wine won over wine critic Kerin O'Keefe, who awarded it a 99 out of 100. Meanwhile, Neal Martin wrote, "It's so seamlessly put together that it's almost a shame to try teasing it apart."

Critics Scores

WINE ENTHUSIAST
98

Wine Enthusiast

Immensely inviting, this opens with fragrant pipe tobacco, crushed berry, new leather and pressed violet aromas. On the palate, firm, refined tannins underpin juicy black cherry, raspberry and cinnamon flavors, while orange zest accents and an energizing mineral note lift the finish. It's beautifully balanced with bright acidity and will reward a bit of cellaring. Drink 2020–2032.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The Conti Costanti 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sure bet even if you are a Sangiovese novice. This is a richly extracted and beautifully layered red wine that imparts generous fruit tones supported by ample spice and tobacco. The effect is supple and round, especially with regards to the bouquet. I am perhaps a little more hesitant when it comes to the mouthfeel. I tend to notice the overripe fruit here and there is a sour cherry flavor that reinforces this impression. The wine is soft and supple in texture, so basically it offers a mixed bag of mostly positive vinous sensations that make it attractive for near-term consumption.

WINE SPECTATOR
92

Wine Spectator

Sweet cherry, licorice, leather and wild herb aromas and flavors converge on the dense structure of this red, which takes on a tannic edge as it plays out. There's plenty of fruit, and all the components seem to be in the right proportions. Best from 2021 through 2036.