2016 Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (750ml)

Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

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What's your family been up to for the last 700 years? A hundred years before the Europeans arrived on the American continents, Berto de' Frescobaldi planted vines on his family estate. Fast forward to the 1960s: Vittorio Frecobaldi's vineyard specialization and expansion, including a modern winery, gave the family's wine biz a leap into the future. In the '90s, 1990s, that is, the Frescobaldi and Mondavi families joined together on collaborative super-Tuscan wine, Luce. Frescobaldi's Nippozano Chianti is a classic Castelgiocondo is the Brunello jewel of the Frescobaldi wine empire.

The village of Castelgiocondo overlooks the historic estate of the Frescobaldis in Montalcino: an ancient stronghold built in 1100 to defend the road leading from the sea to Siena. The property is one of the first 4 to begin producing Brunello di Montalcino in 1800, and its historic importance is represented on the label of Castelgiocondo by the figure of a candottiere from a celebrated fresco of the Sienese artist Simone Martini. The artist's depiction shows Guidoriccio da Fogliano, commander of the troops of Siena who in 1323 led the attack on the Montemassi castle; an historic moment that coincided with the initiation of the Frescobaldi family's centuries-old adventure in the world of wine.

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Eucalyptus, blue flower, baked plum and spice aromas shape the nose in this fragrant red. Full bodied and chewy, the savory palate delivers ripe black cherry, vanilla, licorice and espresso alongside tightly knit, velvety tannins. Drink 2023–2031.

95 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May 2021)

Black-cherry and blackberry aromas with minerals and fresh flowers, following through to a full body with firm, silky tannins that are polished and intense. Lovely finesse and length. Drink after 2023.

95 points, James Suckling (Nov 2020)

The Frescobaldi 2016 Brunello di Montalcino CastelGiocondo shows dark fruit, plum and spice. The wine offers good density and richness, but the aromatic intensity is downplayed compared to some of its peers from this classic vintage. Other than that, all the wine's elements are in the right place with cherry, wild plum, rose and tilled earth. Production is an ample 300,000 bottles.

93 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Nov 2020)

Sour cherries, spiced orange and dusty dried flowers open in the glass, as the 2016 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino slowly blossoms. The textures are creamy, contrasted by cooling minerality and juicy acids, as tart red berries saturate under an air of sweet herbs and inner florals. This finishes dry yet long, with chewy tannins and remnants of crunchy red fruit. The 2016 Castelgiocondo needs some time to come together, yet it has all of the balance necessary to mature into a real beauty.

93 points, Eric Guido, Vinous (Nov 2020)

Starts out with macerated plum and cherry fruit, shaded by tobacco, iron and earth flavors. Dense, dusty tannins put the grip on the finish, yet this is also vibrant and finds a nice equilibrium in the end, with the fruit returning. Best from 2024 through 2042. 27,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported.

93 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Jun 2021)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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