Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2005
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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.
Wine Enthusiast - "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 Wine Advocate - "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."
Wine Spectator - "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. "
International Wine Cellar - "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."
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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 century, when they became the first in Tuscany to import and plant French vine cuttings. Because they have been producing wines for more than 700 years, to experience Frescobaldi is to glimpse the history of Florence, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy's finest wines. View all Frescobaldi Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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