Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2005

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

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Item No. 103877
  • WE92
  • RP91
  • WS90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
92 Points

"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."
91 Points

"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. "
90 Points

"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."
90 Points

Learn About Frescobaldi Map ItMap It

The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of Italy's oldest wineries, with a history dating to the 1300s. The family has included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts. The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates-and roughly 2,500 acres-in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the late 19th...

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Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Sangiovese

Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...

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