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Date Printed: 4/25/2015
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
(search item no. 90346)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/25/2015: $93.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1993 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A strikingly rich ruby-red greets the eye, its luminosity enhanced by garnet highlights. A multi-layered nose initially presents a fragrant array of fruit, including wild red and black berries dried plum, blackberry, blackcurrant, bottled cherries, and wild strawberry, which then gradually yield to spicier notes of vanilla, roast espresso bean, cocoa, and tobacco leaf. A velvet-smooth warmth pervades the palate, which exhibits a judicious harmony of fine, dense-packed tannins, a measured alcohol, and a crisp acidity. A long-lingering finish provides the final balancing component, laden with subtle hints of ripe fruit.

Red meat, oven baked cacciagione, aged cheeses.

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About Frescobaldi:

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.