2018 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
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KO 99 DC 94 VN 94 WA 93 WS 93
KO 99

kerinokeefe.com, November 2022

Perfumed berry, pine forest, new leather and violet aromas mingle with enticing scents of vineyard dust that segue into underbrush and nutmeg. Linear, lithe and all about elegance, the savory palate has great energy that...
DC 94

Decanter, November 2022

In 2018, Andrea Costanti used fewer tonneaux than usual, opting instead for larger, less oxidative casks, a significant portion of which were new. This lends some oak nuances but doesn’t detract. Aromas of exotic spice...
VN 94

Vinous, December 2022

The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino is a spice box, bursting from the glass with a tour de force of cloves, cinnamon sticks, mint, lavender, dried strawberries and freshly sliced vanilla bean. For all of its extroverted...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2023

This wine displays a dark garnet color that suggests a robust and savory wine to follow. Indeed, the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino does reveal a rather austere approach with dried fruit, blackcurrant and fig. I wish there...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, March 2023

A racy red penetrated by juicy cherry, raspberry, rose hip and fresh thyme flavors fused to a linear structure, with dense, quivering tannins. Best from 2025 through 2040. — B.S.


Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino is a remarkable wine that exemplifies the elegance and finesse of Sangiovese Grosso. With a deep garnet color that catches the eye, this wine is a true work of art. The nose is greeted with a symphony of perfumed berry, pine forest, new leather, and violet aromas, which are complemented by enticing scents of vineyard dust. As the wine opens up, notes of underbrush and nutmeg emerge, adding complexity and intrigue.

On the palate, this Brunello di Montalcino is linear, lithe, and all about elegance. The savory flavors have great energy, lifting juicy red cherry, spiced cranberry, star anise, and tangy saline notes that linger on the close. The tight yet refined tannins and vibrant acidity keep the wine youthfully tense and impeccably balanced. While some may expect power and might, this wine surprises with its almost ethereal quality, captivating lovers of finesse, depth, and balance.

The critics agree, with Kerin O'Keefe scoring this wine an outstanding 99 points. She describes it as having "great energy" and praises its "elegance" and "impeccable balance." Vinous also gives high praise, awarding it 94 points and describing it as a "delicate beauty" with "cool-toned and finessed" flavors. Decanter joins in with a 94-point rating, highlighting the wine's lovely weight, balanced proportions, and mouthwatering acidity.

While the Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awards it 93 points and suggests a shorter drinking window due to its evolved stage, Wine Spectator also gives it 93 points, praising its racy red fruit flavors and linear structure.

Overall, the 2018 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino is a wine that demands attention and admiration. With its complex aromas, elegant palate, and impeccable balance, it is a true gem from the Brunello di Montalcino region. This wine is a must-try for enthusiasts seeking finesse, depth, and a truly exceptional Sangiovese experience.