Frescobaldi Castel Giocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2015


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Tuscany, Italy
97 points


Castelgiocondo is a Tuscan wine estate owned by the Frescobaldi family, known for its Sangiovese wines from the Brunello di Montalcino appellation. The estate buildings, which overlook the village of the same name, were built around AD1100 as a stronghold on the road from the port of Talamane to Siena. It was one of the first estates in the region to produce wine, starting in the early 19th Century.

Vineyards of the estate are located between 300 and 400 meters (1000 to 1300 feet) above sea level. This altitude combined with the location of southwest-facing slopes and well-drained soils creates ideal terroir. The flagship wine of the Castelgiocondo portfolio is the Ripe al Convento riserva Brunello. In the single vineyard from where the Ripe al Convento is sourced, grapes are hand-picked to preserve the varietal characteristics. After vinification, it spends up to six years aging in the cellar in oak as well as in bottle prior to release.

"On the highest hills of this estate, which began producing wine in the year 1800, a small Sangiovese vineyard amazes us with extraordinary emotions. At an altitude of 450 metres, the vineyard benefits from warm sun in the afternoon, galestro-type soil, and fresh Mediterranean breezes producing a uniquely elegant Brunello Riserva, with personality and longevity" Lamberto Frescobaldi. Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy's most famous and prestigious wines. In Tuscany, its homeland, it perhaps ranks alongside Chianti Classico. The wine is typically garnet in colour with aromas of red and black fruit with underlying vanilla and spice, and perhaps a hint of earthiness. The wines are usually full-bodied with alcohol levels around 14 or 15 percent abv. Good tannic structure and bright acidity provide balance.

All Brunello di Montalcino wine is made exclusively from Sangiovese Grosso grapes grown on the slopes around Montalcino – a classic Tuscan hilltop village 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Siena. Sangiovese Grosso is the large-berried form of Sangiovese. Its name here translates roughly as 'little dark one'. The use of this synonym and its inclusion in the name of the wine was part of a clear strategy to differentiate the wine from Chianti.


97 points

This is a pure and beautiful Brunello with super fine and abundant tannins that are comprehensive and expansive. Builds on the palate. Full body. Round and firm with beautiful fruit and length. Lively and vivid. From organically grown grapes. Needs a year or two to soften, but already gorgeous.

94 points

The Frescobaldi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ripe al Convento di Castelgiocondo offers rich density and soft texture with a good balance of fruit, spice, and structure. Frescobaldi was among a handful of producers to make a Riserva in 2014, and this follow-up vintage shows the superiority of the growing season for sure. This 2015 edition has a better sense of balance and fruit, and there's more meat on these bones. There's also more fruit fibre for longer aging.


Serving Temp.
18-20 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2040
Food pairing
Florentine Steak, Italian Meatloaf (Polpettone) stuffed with Taleggio cheese and wrapped in crispy pancetta.

Tasting Profile

The nose is characterised by notes of blackberry that quickly leave in their place intense and pleasant sensations of ground hazelnuts, rhubarb, and Cuban cigar; then spicy notes emerge of black pepper, cardamom, and walnut, followed by fresh notes of thyme, tea leaves, and juniper. Hints of underbrush and iodine
Entry on the palate is imperious, characterised by a dense and elegant structure well supported by a generous, full body. The finish is markedly long and balanced.

Frescobaldi Castel Giocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2015

Frescobaldi Castel Giocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2015

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