Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino: Outstanding On All Levels

 

Le tenute

Constructed in 1100 to guard the road from the port at Talamone to Siena, the castle has belonged to the Frescobaldi family since 1989. Already one of the top-quality producers of Brunello di Montalcino in the late 19th century, the tenuta of Castelgiocondo  yields massively-structured wines of great complexity and balance.
The estate lies on the southwestern slope of Montalcino, at elevations ranging from 180 to 400 metres, and comprises 815 hectares, with 230 hectares under vine. A total of 152 hectares are officially registered for the production of Brunello di Montalcino. The soils, given their various elevations, are diverse, and the climate is warm and dry, relieved by marine breezes:  these are ideal conditions for producing very full-bodied, sturdily-structured and powerful wines that are, at the same time, characterised by remarkable finesse and balance. The wines produced at the Castel Giocondo estate are Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG, Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Campo ai Sassi Rosso di Montalcino DOC, and Lamaione IGT

With a SRP for this wine of $69.99, you will discover one of the world’s greatest wines, priced under $100. Rich, elegant, beautifully balanced, you’ll love just sipping it, but of course it is perfect with grilled meats, poultry, medium-strong cheese and tomato-based sauces. A Major “Wine On Line” rating!

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CASTELGIOCONDO 2006
DENOMINATION: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
GENERAL INFORMATION: Castelgiocondo is produced from an uncompromising selection of the
finest Sangiovese grapes, in a vineyard whose ideal elevation, well-drained soils, and
southwest-facing exposure yield all of the qualities that converge to produce the finest expression of
this ancient grape variety. It is an elegant, well-balanced wine of magnificent structure.
TERROIR AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
TECHNICAL INFORMATION TASTING NOTES
VARIETY: Sangiovese 100%
YIELD/HECTARE: 35 hl/ha (2050 Tons/Acres)
HARVEST PERIOD: First week of October
VINEYARD PRACTICES: Manual
FERMENTATION VATS: Stainless steel
FERMENTATION TEMPERATURE: < 30° (86° Fahrenheit)
LENGTH OF FERMENTATION: 12 days
LENGTH OF MACERATION ON THE SKINS: 32 days
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Immediately done after the alcoholic
fermentation
MATURATION METHOD: Slavonian oak casks and in French oak
barrels
LENGTH OF MATURATION: 4 years, of which at least 2 years in oaks
and barriques and 4 months in bottle
BOTTLE FORMATS: 0,375 lt., 0,75 lt., 1,5 lt., 3 lt.
The wine appears a luminous, garnet-rimmed ruby, deep
and rich. The bouquet is notably complex, initially
releasing emphatic notes of wild blackberry, redcurrant,
and sour cherry, closely followed by floral notes of sweet
violets and a parade of spicier impressions–black pepper,
clove, tobacco leaf, cocoa powder, roast espresso bean,
and vanilla. Concluding this aromatic array are tasty hints
of mineral, gunflint, and balsam. The palate shows great
warmth and a velvety mouthfeel, bright, crisp flavours, and
noticeable tannins, with all of the components in fine
balance. A generously fruit-edged finish is nearly endless.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS Beef stews, braised meats with
potatoes, cheeses that are aged but not too pungent, and
large game, such as boar.
ESTATE AND VINEYARD LOCATION: Castel Giocondo Estate, Montalcino
ALTITUDE: 250-450 m. (From 656 to 1476 feet)
VINEYARD SIZE: 152 Ha (375 Acres)
EXPOSURE: South, south west
SOIL TYPE: Rich in galestro, with clay, limestone, and rich in calcium
3,000 vines per ha in the first generation vineyards; 5,500 in the vineyards recently planted
TRAINING SYSTEM: Spur pruned cordon and guyot
VINEYARD AVERAGE AGE: 29 years
2007 Copyright Marchesi de’Frescobaldi
info@frescobaldi.it
http://www.frescobaldi.it
Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi
Via S.Spirito 11 50125 – Firenze
tel: +39 055 27141

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