2014 VERMIGLIO, Rosso di Montalcino, Costanti. Tuscany, Italy
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Area: Montalcino is a hill-top town in the warm, open country in southern Tuscany, about 45 minutes down from Siena. Although the key grape is the same as for Chianti Classico further north, the style is broader and more powerful.
Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese, matured for a year in large (550 l) French oak, then a year in large (3,000 l) Slavonian oak.
Producer: Andra Costanti has just seven hectares of vineyard, next to the town of Montalcino. This is the higher, northern part of region and as a result the style is lighter and finer than the wines made from the warmer, low-lying areas.
Old Bridge Rating: In 2014 Andrea Costanti made no Brunello, not considering the quality high enough. All the best grapes went into this wine, Vermiglio, which he had not made for many years. So it's an expensive Rosso, but inexpensive by the standards of classic Brunello. It's also savoury, complex and brilliant with game.
£39.50 per bottle
This wine does not qualify for a further case discount