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Editor’s Choice - Tuscan Red – Luxury

Costanti Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

This opens slowly with a touch of old wood followed by black cherry fruit, a bit of herbs and deep leather, and savory butcher's wax base notes. On entry, one finds a rather soft wine at first, with soft tannins and juicy acids, but the wine quickly gains weight and death, slowly building intensity of black plum and cherry fruit sprinkled with medicinal herbs and root vegetables. With air, this becomes chewy and gamy, full of soft tannins that build on the back end to add mouth grab to the long finish, which shows off lovely spiced cherry notes. This is superb and remarkably well balanced already. Let them sleep until about 2015 and then enjoy for the following 15 years. 94pts ~GDP

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  • Snooth User: winenana
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    I might "like" it better if I could truly view all these on one page. I clicked on the page view and get a slideshow. I have never found this an easy site to use.

    Nov 21, 2012 at 1:04 PM

  • Snooth User: Rich Tomko
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    Hi @wineanana -- a while back we included a "view as one page" link at the bottom of all the slideshows to help solve for this preference (for this article, it's actually three pages, not one). Hope it helps.

    Nov 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

  • Snooth User: sbuxdon
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    I would like to buy some of these wines, but many do not have a year on them. I like Argyle, as an example, especially the Nuthouse, but noe vintage is mentioned. Don Rohde -

    Nov 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM

  • Snooth User: winenana
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    I agree with the year comment. Vintage is very important. And I want a list in print, not all the pics and descriptions, but a simple list.

    Nov 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM

  • Fantastic choice - Costanti Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. This, the 2006, will be good, but the reserva, which should be out by now, will be even better. Two or three more years in the barrel, I think. I have loved this wine from this producer ever since I first tasted their 1978 in 1992. I have the 1990 and 1996 in my cellar right now.

    Nov 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

  • Snooth User: dhbuckley
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    Yes, a SIMPLE list. Absolutely NOT a slideshow--minimize the clicking and realize who your friends are. And PLEASE put average pricing information for EVERY bottle of wine. Make it a pleasure instead of a drag to use your site and benefit from it.

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

  • Snooth User: Jfjustice
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    Great reference resource--enjoyed reading the notes and will make my own "to buy" list from here.

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

  • I feel a bit unconvinced that you can pick one red burgundy above all others.

    Its hard enough to do at annual tastings, you are never comparing exactly the same thing to one another

    Nov 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

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    That's nice one

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  • awesome

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  • Breathtaking

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