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.