CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 Red Wine
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CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013
96 pts. Wine Enthusiast: "Wild berry, crushed violet, pipe tobacco and chopped herb aromas leap out of the glass. Smooth and savory, the full-bodied palate shows restraint and elegance, delivering red cherry, pomegranate, ground clove and black pepper alongside taut fine-grained tannins and bright acidity."
#35 of Wine Enthusiast's top 100 wines of 2018
95 pts. James Suckling: "A firm and silky red with plum and dried cherry and some orange peel character. Full body and solid with a flavorful finish. A linear line of acidity and firm tannins make this one of the most structured wines from here in a while. Better in 2020."
94 pts. Vinous: "Bright full ruby-red. Deep, pure aromas of red cherry, herbs, violet, tar and licorice. Thick and dense but tightly wound, showing a very fresh dark fruit character and a youthfully firm-edged tannic spine. Rich and dense, this calls for at least another three to five years of patience, and should last for another decade or two after that. Finishes long with tarry and savory notes, but it’s the floral lift on the back end that I like most." -- Ian D'Agata, April 2018
93 pts. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Castelgiocondo 2013 Brunello di Montalcino shows impressive balance and a bright sense of inner energy. The wine reveals delicate fruit with wild berry and dried cherry. Those primary notes are carefully enhanced by sweet spice, rose potpourri and moist earth. The ensemble is graceful and territory specific. Long gone are the days when this wine was one of the most opulent and darkly extracted of the appellation. Over these past years, the Frescobaldi family's base Brunello has embraced a highly streamlined and elegant stylistic approach." - Monica Larner
A beauty of a Brunello! Produced by the Frescobaldi family, whose lineage goes back for hundreds of years as Tuscan winemakers, CastelGiocondo is a very well-known and highly respected Brunello. An easy to-drink, food-friendly wine, it is especially delicious with mushroom dishes and tomato-based sauces.
Castelgiocondo is deeply rooted in the history of Montalcino and is one of the most prestigious in the area. The estate of Castelgiocondo is located in the southwest of Montalcino, an ideal terroir for Sangiovese and for the great wines that are produced here. The vineyards are found at the perfect altitude between 300 and 400 meters with well-drained soils and sunny, favorable southwest exposure. In the vineyards extreme care is given to the vines. High density and low production make a great Brunello of elegant texture and marvelous longevity.
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.