According to the history books, the Costanti family has been producing wine in Montalcino since the 16th century. Andrea Costanti took over from his uncle Emilio in 1983 and, while some may have thought Emilio a hard act to follow, Andrea set to the task with a will and a determination that has seen the winery upgraded and, in conjunction with consultant oenologist Vittorio Fiore, the family’s reputation for great Brunello enhanced. The wines have the unmistakable imprint of the Matrichese cru, yielding Brunello of unparalleled elegance and complexity, with luscious focussed berry fruit, remarkable structure and above all, exquisite balance. Andrea’s Rosso di Montalcino isn’t your typical Rosso. This is baby Brunello, as Andrea makes no distinction in the vineyard between grapes destined for Rosso and those for Brunello. Simply released after one year in tonneaux, it is rich with red berry fruit, well integrated oak and firm tannins.