The wine appears a garnet-edged, deep ruby red, notably
luminous and vibrant. A multi-layered, rich nose first offers a
broad array of aromas, including wild red berry, and
darker-fleshed fruit such as dried plum, blackcurrant, and
blackberry, nicely lifted by subtle hints of sweet violets,
dogwood blossom, vanilla and other spices. Last to emerge
are pungent nuances of roasted espresso bean, cocoa
powder, and tobacco leaf. The palate is alcoholically warm,
with a velvety mouthfeel, while a lively acidity and tasty,
fine-grained tannins contribute to an exemplary balance.
Subtle fruit notes enrich a very long-lingering finish.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS:Beef stews, braised meats with
potatoes, cheeses that are aged but not too pungent, and
large game, such as boar.
"From the historic Frescobaldi family that has been making wine since the 1300s, this concentrated and rich Brunello delivers a modern touch to a territory steeped in tradition. Aromas here include plump cherry, blackberry and cassis and all that fruit is supported by spice and light toast. Drink after 2012."
"The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is a pretty offering laced with fresh flowers, plums, dark berries and spices, all of which emerge gracefully from its mid-weight frame. Clean, minerally notes inform the long, delicate finish. This is a terrific effort from Castelgiocondo, especially considering production is a whopping 230,000 bottles. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020."
The Wine Advocate
"Very pretty blueberry and light vanilla aromas, with hints of ripe dark fruits. Full-bodied, with round, velvety tannins that turn chewy, yet this is well-polished and the tannins are attractive, with a long finish. Best after 2012. "
"Medium-deep red. Captivating, perfumed aromas of redcurrant, bay leaf and orange zest. Then bright and juicy on the palate, with lovely density to the red cherry, redcurrant and licorice flavors. The long finish features youthfully chewy tannins and a lingering floral perfume. The bright acids serve to extend the flavors on the finish, and though this isn't a hugely concentrated wine, I very much like its balance and fresh sangiovese character."
International Wine Cellar