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Amor Costante Toscana

Wine name:Amor Costante Toscana


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 350 metres above sea level. Merlot: south-west, altitude 350 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 2.5 and 5 hectolitres. Finishing in the bottle for approx. 20 months.

Wine Producer



Address:Loc. Podernovone, 157 53024 Montalcino SI

Owner:Laura Vacca Brunelli

Total annual production:30000

Total vineyard extension (hectares):6.5

Planted varietals and extension (hectares):0.5ha Merlot 6ha Sangiovese

Vine training system:
Cordon spur

Cultivation method in the vineyard:Grass is left or not depending on the vigour of the vines

Type of viticulture:practicing organic

Harvest period:mid October

Agronomist:Laura Brunelli with the supervision of an agronomist (a friend of Laura's)

Oenologist:Adriano Brunelli


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.


2012 vintage: A. Galloni - Vinous: 92/100

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50122 - Firenze, Italy

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