Amor Costante Toscana
Wine name:Amor Costante Toscana
Appellation:TOSCANA ROSSO IGT
Zone:Montalcino (province of Siena)
Blend:80% Merlot 20% Sangiovese
Vineyard age (year of planting):Merlot 1998 Sangiovese 1997
Soil Type:Galestro, calcareous marly schists, white clay
Exposure:Sangiovese: south-west, altitude 470 metres above sea level. Merlot: south-west, altitude 510 meters above sea level
Altitude:510 - 470 meters above sea level
Colour:Deep ruby red, clear
Nose:Intense, wild berry and red fruit notes.
Flavour:Full in the mouth and persistent, well structured with evident tannins, strong and definite character
Serving temperature (°C):16-18
Average no. bottles/year:2,000
Vine training system: cordon spur. Vineyard density: 4,500 vines/hectare. Manual harvest in small cases, the Sangiovese grapes are picked starting from the 22nd of September and the Merlot grapes are picked starting from the 12th of September
Vinification and ageing
Fermentation and maceration with the skins for 16 days for Sangiovese and for 12 days for Merlot at a maximum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius in steel. Malolactic fermentation in steel. The wine rests for 12 months in small oak casks of a capacity of 2.25 and 5 hectolitres. Finishing in the bottle for approx. 20 months.
Address:Loc. Podernovone, 157 53024 Montalcino SI
Total annual production:30000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):6.5
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):0.5ha Merlot 6ha Sangiovese
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:All cultivation is organic, with no use of herbicides and synthetic products. Soil management is manual between the rows and under the vines to maintain the natural flora and good aeration of the soil.
Organic fertilisation is provided to each vine individually, depending on their needs, in order to ensure a perfectly balanced growth.
Type of viticulture:practicing organic
Harvest period:early to mid October
Oenologist:Adriano Brunelli (Gianni Brunelli's cousin)
Gianni Brunelli, a man of many interests, established "Osteria Le Logge" in Siena (which has become one of the top restaurants of the city). In 1987 Gianni returned to Montalcino and purchased Le Chiuse di Sotto, an estate that had belonged to his father Dino, with two hectares of vineards standing at 200 meters above sea level in the northern part of the area.
In 1989 Sangiovese for the production of Brunello and of Rosso started being grown again. The vines of a small plot are still the original ones planted by Dino in 1947.
The "Podernovone" estate was subsequently purchased. The property has a magnificent view on Monte Amiata and is endowed with 4.5 hectares standing at 350 meters above sea level, mainly Sangiovese with a small percentage of Merlot (that goes into the IGT/proprietary wine "Amor Costante"). The soil of Podernovone, made up of calcareous-marly schists, reflects light and heat thus favouring the ripening of the grapes. The different climate of the two properties (fresh and airy at Le Chiuse di Sotto with a lot of rain in the summer and warmer and ventilated at Podernovone) results in complex and elegant wines.
After Gianni passed away in 2008, his wife Laura, who already used to work with him at the estates and at the restaurant, takes care of the production and of the marketing of the wines.
Paolo Vagaggini, one of the major experts of Sangiovese, is the winemaker. The vineyards are followed directly by Laura Brunelli with the supervision of an agronomist, a friend of hers.