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  • Castello di Ama Montebuoni Chianti Classico Riserva 2019

    £34.99

    “The 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva Montebuoni is a dark, sensual wine. Black cherry, plum, spice, licorice and dried herbs all take shape in a virile, layered Riserva that is a terrific bridge into the Gran Seleziones in the range. I would give this a few years in bottle. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 92 points

    This set of new releases from Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti is the most impressive I have ever tasted here. The wines are strong across the board, while the 2019 flagship wines – La Casuccia, Bellavista and L’Apparita – are off the charts great. Pallanti has long coaxed notable intensity from these vineyards, but the 2019s add dimensions of freshness and energy that are simply breathtaking. I tasted these wines a few weeks later in my home in New York, far away from the bucolic setting of Ama, and was equally blown away.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (06/22)

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  • Castello di Ama San Lorenzo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017

    £41.75

    “The 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Ama San Lorenzo is a fabulous choice for readers looking for an Ama wine to drink now. Radiant and expressive, with striking depth and exceptional balance, the 2017 is pure seduction. Sweet red cherry, kirsch, rose petal, blood orange and spice fill out the layers effortlessly. This is so beautifully done. Drinking window: 2025-2037. 94 points

    Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti showed me a brilliant set of new releases during my most recent visit. The Ama wines are often showy when young, but they only reveal their true potential after a number of years in bottle. These are quite simply some of the most singular expressions of Chianti Classico readers will find. I was especially struck by the sublime magnificent 100% Merlot L’Apparita.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Conti Costanti Ardingo 2019

    £58.75

    “Hauntingly dark and viral in the glass, the 2019 Ardingo reaches up with notes of sweet sage, blueberry compote, tobacco and hints of pine. It soothes the palate with a wave of silken red and blue fruits, taking on a graphite minerality over time, as notes of lavender and violet resonate throughout. The 2019 takes a turn toward the savory spectrum with hints of olive and grilled herbs offsetting plum while finishing with impressive length and structurally balanced for the long haul. The Ardingo is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Sangiovese from vines planted on the Montosoli hill. It’s a must-have for fans of Costanti. Drinking window: 2024-2031. 94+ points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (10/22)

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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2017

    £69.99

    “”An alluring, spicy and dusty mix of cherry and raspberry preserves, crushed stone and dusty flowers is lifted by cedar shavings and dried citrus peels as the majestic 2017 Brunello di Montalcino blossoms in the glass. This is fleshy yet delicate in feel, displaying pure ripe red berry fruit, nicely contrasted by salty mineral tones, and lacking only a bit of midpalate depth that might take it to the next level. It tapers off long while leaving the mouth watering for more, as a gentle tug of tannin slowly fades under rosy inner florals. Andrea Costanti didn’t produce a Riserva in 2017, and so all of that juice was used to try to bolster the Brunello. From what I’ve tasted, I’d say he succeeded. Drinking window: 2024-2029. 93 points

    Just a short drive down the southern hill from the town of Montalcino, you’ll find the Costanti winery, where Andrea Costanti continues to produce some of the most deeply seductive, yet truly classic expressions of Brunello from vintage to vintage. While steeped in tradition, it was a welcome breath of fresh air to hear his thoughts on Montalcino’s need for better zoning, stating, “In my opinion, it is not acceptable that a significant area like Montalcino hasn’t had it.” For his vineyards, it’s the high elevations from 433 to 471 meters, large diurnal temperature swings between day and night and galestro soils that make this terroir special. Costanti spoke of those cooling nighttime temperatures as being vital during the hot 2017 vintage. When all was said and done, his production numbers didn’t suffer much, while all of the Riserva juice was added to the Brunello. The Riserva of this house is a selection from each vintage that starts its first year of refinement in new barrels; yet as a forward-thinking producer, Andrea Costanti does not keep it any longer in wood than the Brunello annata – it’s simply aged longer in bottle before release. I personally find the Riserva of this house to have a gloss of early accessibility upon release, but to then shut down, to only re-emerge as a glorious and mature wine many years later. On this visit, the 2006, 2010 and 2012 were open to taste, which was a total pleasure. On a final note, the Rosso at this address should also be of special interest. It’s sourced from fruit in the lower and sandier soils at the base of the Montosoli hill and refined for one year in tonneaux. This is a Rosso that can easily be enjoyed in its youth or cellared over the medium term. While pulling away from the estate, after the tasting, all I could think was that Andrea Costanti is at the top of his game.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (12/21)

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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2016

    £174.95

    “A deeply sensual bouquet of freshly sliced plums, crushed violets, mentholated herbs and Tuscan dust rises up from the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. This is deeply textural while also cool-toned and refined, with mineral-tinged red and black berries cascading across a core of brisk acidity. Tension builds throughout, as grippy tannins mount toward the close, nicely contrasted by a burst of sour citrus. There’s a crystalline structure to the 2016 that tempts the imagination as to what the future will bring, and it tapers off long, youthtully poised, yet also remarkably fresh. Time will only increase the depths of the 2016 Riserva, a wine that I seriously look forward to tasting again in five to ten years. Drinking window: 2026-2042. 98 points

    Just a short drive down the southern hill from the town of Montalcino, you’ll find the Costanti winery, where Andrea Costanti continues to produce some of the most deeply seductive, yet truly classic expressions of Brunello from vintage to vintage. While steeped in tradition, it was a welcome breath of fresh air to hear his thoughts on Montalcino’s need for better zoning, stating, “In my opinion, it is not acceptable that a significant area like Montalcino hasn’t had it.” For his vineyards, it’s the high elevations from 433 to 471 meters, large diurnal temperature swings between day and night and galestro soils that make this terroir special. Costanti spoke of those cooling nighttime temperatures as being vital during the hot 2017 vintage. When all was said and done, his production numbers didn’t suffer much, while all of the Riserva juice was added to the Brunello. The Riserva of this house is a selection from each vintage that starts its first year of refinement in new barrels; yet as a forward-thinking producer, Andrea Costanti does not keep it any longer in wood than the Brunello annata – it’s simply aged longer in bottle before release. I personally find the Riserva of this house to have a gloss of early accessibility upon release, but to then shut down, to only re-emerge as a glorious and mature wine many years later. On this visit, the 2006, 2010 and 2012 were open to taste, which was a total pleasure. On a final note, the Rosso at this address should also be of special interest. It’s sourced from fruit in the lower and sandier soils at the base of the Montosoli hill and refined for one year in tonneaux. This is a Rosso that can easily be enjoyed in its youth or cellared over the medium term. While pulling away from the estate, after the tasting, all I could think was that Andrea Costanti is at the top of his game.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (10/21)

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  • Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2019

    £33.99

    “The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino is deep, primary and full of character. Here I’m finding a seductive bouquet of black raspberry preserves complemented by nuances of clove, allspice and candied ginger. Its textures are silky and pliant, displaying much more weight than you’d expect from a Rosso, which is balanced by a core of bright acidity. Rich red and hints of blue fruit prevail, lasting throughout the incredibly long and floral tinged finale, where a coating of sweet tannin lingers. As good as this is today, it will be even better in another year and easily excel over short-term cellaring. There were only 10,000 bottles produced of the 2019, which is about half of what was bottled in 2018. Don’t miss it! Drinking window: 2022-2029. 93 points

    The Costanti Rosso is sourced from fruit in the lower and sandier soils at the base of the Montosoli hill, and it’s refined for one year in tonneaux. This is a Rosso that can easily be enjoyed in its youth or cellared over the medium term.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (01/22)

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  • Conti Costanti Vermiglio Rosso di Montalcino 2019

    £47.49

    “The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino Vermiglio is a bombshell beauty, with a bright bouquet of dried strawberries, crushed rose petals, shaved cedar, cinnamon spice and sweet smoke. It’s deeply textural, almost fleshy in feel, yet kept in line by vibrant acidity, as masses of black cherry and raspberry fruit envelope the palate. This totally harmonious Rosso finishes with a classic tug of fine tannins, along with nuances of sour citrus, inner earth and lavender tones. It embodies, without a doubt, the term “Baby Brunello.” The Vermiglio hasn’t been produced since 2013, it’s a barrel selection of Rosso that Costanti matures for two years, instead of one, in cask. Only 4,000 bottles were produced. Drinking window: 2025-2031. 94 points

    With the 2019 vintage, Andrea Costanti brings back the Rosso di Montalcino Vermiglio, a wine that hasn’t been produced since 2013. The Vermiglio is a barrel selection of Costanti’s Rosso that matures in cask for two years prior to bottling and is released a year later than the estate’s Rosso di Montalcino. The 2019 is a serious re-debut of this wine and one that should age beautifully through its 10th birthday.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (10/22)

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  • Felsina Berardenga Colonia Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2018

    £94.99

    “The 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colonia is fascinating to taste next to the Rancia, as the two parcels are adjacent. Rich and substantial in the glass, Colonia is textured and ample, qualities that become increasingly apparent over time. Rugged, rocky terrain seems to amplify power, explosive verticality and acidity. Drinking window: 2026-2043. 97 points

    These new releases from Fèlsina will give readers a very good idea of the style of current vintages. The Fèlsina Chianti Classicos have generally been wines of power. What impresses me most about the flagship Rancia and Colonia in 2018 is their finesse. Readers on a budget will want to check out the straight Chianti Classico, a wine that offers superb quality and value, yet also has the potential to age. In short, this is another stellar set of wines from the team led by Giuseppe Mazzocolin and Giovanni Poggiali. Fèlsina fans will also want to check out the wines of sister estates Castello di Farnetella and Pagliarese.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Felsina Berardenga Fontalloro 2019

    £59.95

    “The 2019 Fontalloro is terrific. In this vintage, the blend of three vineyards is a plus in giving a wine endowed with density, resonance and plenty of Sangiovese character. Dried herbs, leather, incense, tobacco and cedar open with time in the glass. Drinking window: 2024-2036. 94 points

    This is an interesting set of wines from Fèlsina. The two 2020s make me really excited to taste the rest of the range. “Most of the year was marked by consistently warm weather, but with no shock events,” Giuseppe Mazzocolin explained. “We were fortunate to have good ventilation throughout the most critical periods.”

    The 2019s are more mixed. Less even ripening and higher yields are evident in wines that are lighter than usual and also at times a bit rustic. That is most evident in Rancia. I can’t remember a young Rancia that was underwhelming, and I have tasted them all. The 2019 is certainly a mystery at this stage.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Felsina Berardenga Vigneto Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2019

    £51.95

    Castelnuovo Berardenga. 100% Sangiovese.

    Mid ruby with orange tinges. Sour cherry over savoury-sweet oak. Pure sour-cherry palate of great depth and with lots of oak, but it works. Well-handled oak treatment and high-quality fruit makes this possible, but less oak might just deliver a more individual wine. Drink: 2022-2030. 17+ points”

    Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com (05/22)

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  • Fontodi Case Via Syrah 2019

    £41.75

    “The 2019 Syrah Case Via is powerful, inky and expressive. A blast of inky dark fruit, espresso, licorice, cloves, game and leather infuses the 2019 with notable depth. This virile, somber Syrah has plenty to offer. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 93 points

    Proprietor Giovanni Manetti continues to push his estate into new directions. Readers will note the addition of a new wine, the 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Terrazze San Leolino, which emerges from vineyards in Panzano near the San Leolino church. It will be followed next year by the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Pastrolo, Manetti’s first estate wine from terraced vineyard in Lamole at 640 meters in elevation. Naturally, those wines are works in progress, so it will be a few years before they reach the level of the other wines in the range. The dual flagships Vigna del Sorbo and Flaccianello are quite good in 2019, although they don’t reach the level of the finest years. The Chianti Classico, always a super-Chianti Classico here, is a standout. A reduction of time in small oak, along with a final phase of aging in cask and a greater emphasis in freshness overall are the key drives to the Fontodi style these days.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Fontodi Dino 2019

    £39.95

    “The 2019 Chianti Classico Dino is bright, fresh and vibrant. Crushed flowers, spice, sage and red berry fruit give this bold, pungent 100% Sangiovese tons of aromatic and flavor intensity. The 2019 is deep and so expressive, but also light on its feet, with a feeling of transparency that is beguiling. The Dino was fermented and aged in amphora, where it spent 15 months prior to being bottled. Drinking window: 2022-2034. 94 points

    Giovanni Manetti’s 2018s are superb examples of the vintage. The wines are rich, but not at all heavy, and marked more by energy than volume. Flaccianello is simply extraordinary. Over the last few years the wines have gained notably through a greater use of large format wood and shorter time in oak overall. A rare producer whose achievements go beyond wine, Manetti was recently re-elected to a second term as President of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico. The value of his leadership for the entire region can’t possibly be overstated. Earlier this year Manetti was knighted as Cavaliere del Lavoro, one of Italy’s most prestigious and rare civilian awards.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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