Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello Montalcino Riserva (1.5L) 2005
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This Riserva offers a beautiful and bright ruby-red; intense with highlights of garnet. Emphatic notes of dark-fleshed fruits are the first to emerge on the nose including wild blackberry, redcurrant, plum and blueberry followed by toastier impressions of vanilla, sweet tobacco leaf and roasted espresso bean. Fresh notes appear at the finish with hints of eucalyptus. The palate is balanced, soft and warm with dense and elegant tannins that blend well in the structure and are supported by a lovely acidity. The finish is long and persistent with notes of ripe fruit.
"This beautiful Riserva Brunello opens with dark richness and loads of mature berry flavors such as blackberry, maraschino cherry and cassis syrup. A cheerful spice element comes through on the mouth thanks to overtones of crushed clove and black pepper."
"A ripe and delicious wine, with blueberry and blackberry character. Full body, with velvety tannins and a long and caressing finish. Love the layers of fruit here."
"The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is impressive. Waves of dark, jammy fruit caress the palate as the wine opens up in the glass. This is a decidedly opulent style for Brunello, but all of the elements come together very nicely. The 2005 has more than enough fruit and sheer depth to balance the tannins. A plush, substantial finish rounds things out nicely. This is an impressive effort from Castelgiocondo. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025."
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