1999 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino
This has wonderful aromas, with sweet berry and flowers on the nose, turning to raspberry and blueberry. Full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins and a delicate finish. The nose is amazing, and the palate beautiful. A joy to drink. (Web Only—2010)
This is very typical with sottobosco, wet forest floor, and ripe red fruits. Full-bodied with firm tannins and a medium finish. This is starting to dry out but it is still outstanding.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta di Castelgiocondo is a massive, explosive wine that would pair perfectly next to a thick cut of Tuscan T-bone steak. Brooding concentration is followed by charred earth, black licorice and smoked bacon fat. It all makes sense given the broad shoulders and substantial texture of the wine. The mouthfeel is less imposing, putting a higher priority on balance and focus. This bottle will continue to evolve in your cellar, but could also be popped now with two or three hours of aeration. (ML)
Frescobaldi's Montalcino estate produces this nicely extracted, fairly sweet and modern wine. The style is refined and highly polished, with fleshy cherry fruit and a smooth texture. Maybe too simple for the cognoscenti but possesses sure-fire restaurant and mass appeal.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium ruby color. Superripe aroma of kirsch. Sweet, dense and a bit youthfully musclebound, with concentrated flavors of black cherry, blackberry, and Valrhona chocolate. Still a bit folded in on itself, but this is solid, young and built to age. May ultimate merit an outstanding rating. (ST)
Castelgiocondo has been on fire for the last three vintages, making really good wines, all the more impressive when you see the quantity produced. This '99 Brunello smells of plums laced with a sweet orange peel spice that blends in with a chocolate richness. This sounds as if it is a California "fruit bomb," but the ripe richness is supported by excellent acidic structure that freshens, enlivens, and gives the wine an alternating feel of ripe power and then elegant balance. It has a long, dynamic finish that carries on the same flavors from the nose. Really a triumph. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian Wine Buyer)