Colossally scored at 97 points, recently awarded the title of “Wine of the Year” by James Suckling, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo from Frescobaldi is a sensational buy from possibly the best-ever Brunello vintage.
Made from the finest sangiovese grapes grown within a single vineyard site, the Castelgiocondo is a brilliant wine that has truly excelled in 2010. James Suckling described this vintage as the “best ever” produced and awarded it a hugely impressive 97 points, placing it among the elite of this phenomenal year.
Suckling went on to name this as his Wine of the Year for 2015 last November stating, “it's an outstanding example of the extraordinary 2010 vintage for Brunello di Montalcino, showing wonderful balance, refinement and structure as well as freshness. It's a harmonious wine that gives so much pleasure now but will improve for years ahead”.
With an excellent price tag and a drinking window that will extend out for years, this is the perfect time to add some of this fantastic wine to the collection.
Average critic rating : 94.0 points
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino ushers forth a new stylistic chapter in the wines of Marchesi de' Frescobaldi. Gone are those overt oak notes of cinnamon, dark chocolate and moist chewing tobacco. Instead, this fresh and streamlined wine renews its effort to put Sangiovese in prime positioning. The bouquet shows dark cherry, ginger and grilled herb. Instead of immediacy, this wine is engineered for longevity and that comes as a surprise considering that Castelgiocondo has historically been one of the biggest advocates of what is now dubbed "international" Brunello. With the 2010 vintage, this estate goes back to its traditional roots. The wine is young now and needs about five more years to complete its cellar evolution. ||Tenuta di Castelgiocondo is the celebrated estate owned by Marchesi de' Frescobaldi. The Frescobaldi family makes two lines of wines from Montalcino. First is Castelgiocondo and second is the decidedly more glitzy and glamorous Luce executed in a very oak-forward, soft style. Frescobaldi gets a lot of heat for producing "modern" or "international" expressions of Brunello. Given that context, I must say that this tasting was fascinating. Castelgiocondo is clearly at a crossroads between its previous wines and a more "traditional" approach that embraces greater elegance and finesse. This rite of passage could not be made clearer than when you taste the 2010 base Brunello di Montalcino next to the 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ripe al Convento. These two wines are symbolic of the winery's transition. eRobertParker.com.February, 2015
Owning 4,200 hectares in Tuscany, Frescobaldi are amongst the largest private vineyard owners in all of Italy. Producing a huge variety of top red and white wines, from Chianti Rufina to Brunello di Montalcino, Frescobaldi’s wines reflect the characteristics of their wide-ranging vineyard holdings.
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