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2012 Conti Costanti Brunello Di Montalcino

SKU #1435572 98 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. *Cellar Selection* (KO) Inner quote mark (4/2017)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The summer of 2012 was hot throughout. However, Costanti suggests that the cooler, higher altitude vineyards in the northern part of the Montalcino zone as well as the fresher temperatures in September helped impart balance. The proof is in his wine which proposes an intricate mix of star anise and cinnamon with red cherry and savoury forest notes. Layered and textured tannin dissolving gradually across the palate and the alcohol is admirably in check. (MM) Inner quote mark (8/2017)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Vivid dark red. Ripe aromas of red cherry, blood orange and stone fruit. Smooth, dense and juicy, with flavors similar to the aromas but complicated by notes of fresh herbs, sweet spices and hints of flint. Long and suave, with noble but youthfully chewy tannins providing support. Knockout classic Brunello, in fact, one of the year’s best. (ID) 94+ Inner quote mark (3/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (BS) Inner quote mark (6/2017)

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