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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter) 2006
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter) 2006
(search item no. 120936)
collectible wine

James Suckling rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $189.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1997 vintage of this wine was ranked #8 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2002

The 2006 Castelgiocondo Brunello exhibits layered aromas of wild blackberry, red currant and sour cherry, closely followed by floral notes of sweet violets and spicy characters of black pepper, clove and tobacco leaf. Cocoa, roasted espresso bean, vanilla and a slight mineral character add to the complexity of the nose. The palate exhibits a velvety mouthfeel, bright, crisp flavors, and noticeable tannins, with all of the components in fine balance. Fruit-driven flavors dominate the long finish.

Beef stews, braised meats with potatoes, cheeses that are aged but not too pungent, and large game, such as boar.

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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.