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Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2008

Member Review by Eric Guido:

The nose showed vibrant red fruits and menthol. On the palate, it was lean with sour red berries, leading into a drying, structured finish.

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Marchesi de' Frescobaldi:
The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates, and more than 1,000 hectares, in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the early 14th 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 glimp... Read more
The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates, and more than 1,000 hectares, in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the early 14th 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. The core wine growing philosophy of the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi revolves around the integrated relationship among environment, vine, climate, and man’s intervention. They continually upgrade their extensive vineyard holdings, and they craft their wines with the finest combination of traditional and innovative methods. Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazines Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy’s finest wines. Visit www.tuscanytonight.com for more information about Marchesi de Frescobaldi wines, Italian recipes, wine and more. Read less

Member Reviews for Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino

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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549178,182
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/24/2012

The nose showed vibrant red fruits and menthol. On the palate, it was lean with sour red berries, leading into a drying, structured finish.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
2.00 5
Vintage: 2004 12/05/2009

Brick red in the glass. So young for a brunello, the nose was so closed, it was virtually nonexistent. Couldn't properly taste it either, all alcohol and tannin. I doubt I'll get to revisit it again in a decade, but that's when it should start showing things.


Snooth User: basilwino
2282621,039
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 11/02/2010

Very nice but it'll have to wait a few more years.


Snooth User: jtryka
3127992,089
4.50 5
Vintage: 1988 02/23/2013

So in the glass, the wine was a bright ruby color, with a bit of cloudiness. The nose was a nice combination of leather, dry spice and floral notes. The taste was actually somewhat of a surprise, particularly how much fruit was left after a quarter century. Up front the taste was quite peppery, but the spice quickly transitioned int some nice fruit, ripe plum, anise and some berries. The finish was just bone dry, but still very pleasing, and interesting to see how a more mature Brunello presents itself. As an aside, after the first glass, we decanted the bottle, and ironically the air seemed to suppress the pepper and spice, but the fruit was still fairly bright as it opened up. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/02/1988-castelgiocondo-brunello-di.html


External Reviews for Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino

External Review
Vintage: 2007 03/06/2013

Pronounced notes of blackberry elegantly accompanied by floral notes such as violet. The nose is complex and well-blended: spicy notes of black pepper and clove, tobacco and leather, reflect well the evolution of the wine. Resonating tannin textures, mellow structure with a long and elegant finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 11/28/2012

The CastelGiocondo estate lies on the southwestern slope of Montalcino, at elevations ranging from 600 to 1,200 feet. Diverse soils and ideal exposure bring beautiful ripeness and development to the indigenous Sangiovese Grosso. This wine is always a classic and in the outstanding 2007 vintage it has truly excelled. It received 90+ scored across the board with a 95 from Wine Enthusiast Magazine who said "From Tuscany's celebrated Frescobaldi wine family, Brunello Castelgiocondo opens with dark, inky concentration and bold aromas of pressed rose, black cherry, exotic spice, leather and unsweetened chocolate. It is beautifully put together, with ample intensity, balance, complexity and silkiness on the finish." On Sale and Very Limited!


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/20/2011

The CastelGiocondo estate lies on the southwestern slope of Montalcino, at elevations ranging from 600 to 1,200 feet. Diverse soils and ideal exposure bring beautiful ripeness and development to the indigenous Sangiovese Grosso. This wine is always a classic but in the outstanding 2006 vintage it has truly excelled. Jame Suckling scored it 95 points and said "Frescobaldi’s Brunello always delivers great quality in just about any vintage. Gorgeous nose of ripe berries and slice plums with an almost peach undertone. Full bodied, with a solid core of gorgeously clean and clear dark fruits. Dense and integrated tannins on the finish. So long and fascinating. Best after 2013." Very Limited!


External Review
Vintage: 2006 02/06/2011

Frescobaldi's Brunello always delivers great quality in just about any vintage. Gorgeous nose of ripe berries and slice plums with an almost peach undertone. Full bodied, with a solid core of gorgeously clean and clear dark fruits. Dense and integrat... James Suckling. A Sangiovese Grosso wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2006 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1500ml


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Vintage: 2006 05/12/2011

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the most juicy, easygoing wines readers will come across in this vintage. A sweet, open bouquet leads to bright red fruits as this vinous Brunello flows from the glass. Crushed flowers, mint and raspberries a... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Sangiovese Grosso wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2006 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1500ml


External Review
Vintage: 2006 02/01/2011

A Sangiovese Grosso wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2006 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1500ml


External Review
Vintage: 2005 11/04/2010

Always a classic this Brunello from Frescobaldi excels once again in the 2005 vintage. Wine Spectator selected the 2004 as their #15 Top Wine of the Year in 2009. This vintage Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 92 points saying "From the historic Frescobaldi family that has been making wine since the 1300s, this concentrated and rich Brunello delivers a modern touch to a territory steeped in tradition. Aromas here include plump cherry, blackberry and cassis and all that fruit is supported by spice and light toast. Drink after 2012." Extremely Limited!


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