2012 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

SKU #1363664 100 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Heady scents of chopped herbs, woodland berry, forest floor, new leather, dark spice and violet are just some of the aromas you’ll find on this fragrant wine. It’s savory and loaded with finesse, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice, orange zest and pipe tobacco alongside firm yet polished tannins and fresh acidity. A tangy mineral note graces the lingering finish. It’s still young and needs plenty of time to fully unwind and develop. *Cellar Selection* (KO) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

97 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A historic estate located just east of the town of Montalcino, Conti Costanti delivered a gorgeous riserva in 2012. The flavors of red and black cherry are fresh and vibrant for this warm vintage, the flavors cooled by firm, ferrous tannins. The wine aged for 18 months in French oak tonneaux, followed by another year and a half in large Slavonian casks, allowing the flavors to knit together. Notes of coriander and clove amp up the fruit tones, adding verve to the polished, velvety texture. The finish is long and energetic as the flavors continue expanding long after the wine is gone. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dark, warming and seductive in the glass, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva entrances with masses of cherry and plum sauce offset by cloves, hints of blood orange and a dusting of violet candies. Its textures are like crushed velvet, weighty yet refined, with a wave of ripe red and hints of blue fruit that coast along a core of energizing acidity. A tart twang of sour citrus adds further gravitas, as grippy tannins tug at the palate; and yet the mouth continues to water, as salty mineral tones and hints of red licorice slowly fade. This is a towering expression of the vintage, which will continue to impress for many years to come. I’m not sure how it’s possible, but the 2012 Riserva seems to get better every time I revisit it. (EG) Inner quote mark (10/2022)

K&L Notes

98 points Ian D'Agata for Vinous: "Vivid deep red. Musky, deep, mineral-tinged aromas of red cherry, violet and crystallized orange peel. Sweet, lush and packed with red fruit, blood orange nectar and savory underbrush flavors; a step up in sheer size from Costanti’s 2013 Brunello. At once powerful and refined, this seriously saturates the palate with flavor, vibrant minerality and noble tannins. This is everything a great Brunello ought to be." (4/2018)

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