`Vermiglio` Rosso di Montalcino

Montalcino

Conti Costanti

The Costanti family have 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.

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Vineyards

The grapes for the 'Vermiglio' Rosso di Montalcino come from Costanti's estate in the Brunello appellation. Vineyards are located 310-440 metres above sea level with an ideal exposure. The soil here is 'galestro' with high limestone content. The Sangiovese vines are between 6 and 25 years old and they are planted with a density of between 3,300-5,500 vines per hectare. Andrea Costanti did not make a Brunello in this vintage, so all the high quality grapes that would have usually gone into it were used for this wine. ‘Vermiglio’ was a label Andrea used in the 1990s and brought back for this wine.

Vintage Information

An unusually warm winter encouraged early budding with a consequent high risk of frost damage. During spring, rain and relatively high temperatures created risk of downy mildew. Rainfall continued until the beginning of September. The lack of light slowed the ripening process, reducing significantly phenological maturation. Excellent exposure and constant breezes enabled the grapes to reach harvest time in good health and with ideal ripeness. The wines have distinct personality and elegance.

Vinification

Harvest was carried out in the second week of October 2014. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and lasted approximately two weeks. The wine was aged for 12 months in French tonneaux of five hectolitres and 12 months in Slavonian oak casks of 30 hectolitres.

Tasting Notes

The Vermiglio shows the classic elegance typical of all Andrea’s wines. It displays alluring aromatics of spices cherries and dark fruits, with good acidity and lovely soft tannins. On the palate it is savoury and intense with a hint of liquorice on the long finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Sangiovese
Region Montalcino, Tuscany
Winemaker Andrea Costanti
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.8g/l