1999 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi "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. —'99 Brunello blind retrospective (2009). Drink now through 2016. 21,660 cases made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino is, for me the best produced to date (though there will unquestionably be a Riserva from the vintage next year), a blackish garnet with a sizeable and warm nose of plums, resin, liquorice, and chocolate and a substantial, firm, and intense palate, sustained and lingering on the aftertaste.
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.
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 into the finish. Really a triumph. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)