Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2000
It exudes expansive, multi-layered aromas, ripe-fruit fragrances of dark cherry and dried plum melding into more pronounced, minerally essences of pencil lead and stone, while suggestions of tobacco leaf seem to bring a sense of balance and completeness. Pulpy fruit comes to the fore in the attack, with tannins that are expressive but not invasive; they ably balance a nice vein of crisp acidity that makes the flavours sing. The long-lingering finale flaunts a rich mosaic of nuanced flavours.
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Lamberto Frescobaldi, 41, is now leading his family's extensive Tuscan holdings. This 373-acre estate represents one of the largest properties in the Brunello region. In 1999, Frescobaldi increased the amount of labor in the vineyards by a third to improve quality. This 100 percent Sangiovese is aged three years in large casks and small French oak barrels. Consulting enologist Nicolo d'Afflitto has worked closely with Frescobaldi since 1991.
Good medium ruby color. Superripe aroma of kirsch. Sweet, dense, and a bit youthfully musclebound, with concentrated flavors of black cherry, blackberry and Valrhona chocolate. Still a bit folded in on itself, but this is solid, young and built to age.
Aromas of plum, berry and flowers. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a ripe fruit finish. Delicious and hard to resist. Best after 2006.
Lamberto Frescobaldi has worked for more than 10 years with in-house enologist Niccol d'Afflitto to achieve an exceptional level of quality at the Castelgiocondo estate, one of the largest in the Montalcino area. Like all Brunellos, this is 100 percent Sangiovese (Brunello is the name of the local clone). It is aged for three years in a mixture of large oak casks and small French oak barrels.
Aromas of currant, berry and light vanilla. Full-bodied and structured. Fine tannins but not giving much now. This is big and powerful. Needs lots of time. Best after 2010.
The estate's medium-bodied 2001 Brunello do Montalcino is a plump, juicy effort displaying attractive super-ripe dark fruit and toasted oak flavors with good concentration, length and balance. Though well-made, this Brunello shows very little soul or personality. It is a simple, accessible wine to enjoy now and over the next ten or so years. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2016.
The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino is, for me the best produced to date (though there will unquestionably be a Riserva from the vintage next year), a blackish garnet with a sizeable and warm nose of plums, resin, liquorice, and chocolate and a substantial, firm, and intense palate, sustained and lingering on the aftertaste.