Brunello di Montalcino

Frescobaldi CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Italian red wine

The Frescobaldi CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino has consistently been one of the most highly acclaimed wines in Italy. 100% Sangiovese, past vintages have received high ratings, including the 2004 vintage rated the 15th Best Wine in the World by Wine Spectator and the 1997 vintage, rated as the 8th Best Wine in the World by Wine Spectator.

Tasting Notes
This Brunello exhibits layered aromas of wild blackberry, red currant and sour cherry, closely followed by floral notes of sweet violets and spicy characters of black pepper, clove and tobacco leaf. Cocoa, roasted espresso bean, vanilla and a slight mineral character add to the complexity of the nose. The palate exhibits a velvety mouthfeel, bright, crisp flavors, and noticeable tannins, with all of the components in fine balance. Fruit-driven flavors dominate the long finish.
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Food Pairing Suggestions
With a bit of daring, this could be savored as a vino da meditazione, a sipping wine all on its own. Or certainly in accompaniment to end-of-dinner sweets, such as panforte. And, of course, with beef stews, braised meats with potatoes, cheeses that are aged but not too pungent, and large game, such as boar.
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Ratings & Reviews
2006 Vintage
93 points - Wine Spectator, August 31 2011
89 points - Wine Advocate #194, May 2011

2005 Vintage
90 points - Wine Spectator, June 15 2010
91 points - Wine Advocate #188, April 2010

2004 Vintage
95 points - Wine Spectator, April 30 2009

2003 Vintage
90 points - Wine Spectator, May 15 2008
89 points - Wine Advocate #176, April 2008

2002 Vintage
87 points - Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, June 2007

2001 Vintage
89 points - Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2006
88 points - Wine Advocate, December 2006
94 points - Wine Spectator, April 30, 2006
#27 in Top 100 wines of 2006 - Wine Spectator, April 30, 2006

2000 Vintage
92 points - Wine Spectator, May 31, 2005