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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2001
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2001
(search item no. 90419)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $125.00

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
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1993 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#27 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2007!

Lovely ruby red, even and uniform even at rim. A generous, multi-layered aromatic spectrum, veined with crisp nuances of menthol, followed by clean-edged fragrances of dark red berries, in particular blackberry and blueberry. Last to emerge are notes of rich spice, where elegant hints of black pepper and cinnamon predominate, capped by pungent tobacco leaf. It shows exquisite balance on the palate: a subtle weave of dense tannins integrates nicely with a full-bodied, beautiful structure, and a thread of crisp acidity acts as an elegant foil to its heady, opulent alcohol. It unfurls an almost endless finish that is complex and appealing.

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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.