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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2005
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2005
(search item no. 103877)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $59.99

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
2006 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 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 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.

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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.