Brunello Riserva

The Frescobaldi CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is produced in only the more favorable vintage years and in limited amounts. It is matured and refined for 5 years partly in oak barriques and partly in the bottle. The structure is greatly enhanced, yielding an intense, complex wine with a highly concentrated aroma. The result is a well structured, warm and persistent wine, rich and fine in bouquet.

Tasting Notes
This Riserva appears an appealing garnet-rimmed ruby, luminous and rich. Emphatic notes of dark-fleshed fruit are the first to emerge on the nose, including wild blackberry, redcurrant, plum, and blueberry, followed by toastier impressions of vanilla, sweet tobacco leaf, and roasted espresso bean. Capping this aromatic mosaic are lightly pungent nuances of balsam and eucalyptus oil. It enters the mouth warm and velvet-smooth, then reveals fine-grained, elegant tannins already well-integrated into the structure, bolstered by a zesty acidity. The finish, near endless, shows subtle fruit, and contributes to the fine overall balance of all of the wine? components.
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Food Pairing Suggestions
Red meat, oven baked cacciagione, aged cheeses.
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Ratings & Reviews
2004 Vintage
93 points – Wine Spectator, August 31, 2011
94 points – Wine Advocate, #188 April 2010

2001 Vintage
97 points / Highly Recommended – Wine Spectator, April 30, 2007
91 points – Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, June 2007
90 points – #173, October 2007

2000 Vintage
90 Points – Wine Spectator, July 31, 2006