1997 Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo "Lamaione" Merlot Toscana

SKU #1087441 96 points Wine Spectator

 Dark ruby color, with hints of brick red on the rim. Beautiful aromas of blackberry, violet and fresh porcini. Full-bodied, with round and velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Racy and refined. Beautiful texture. A fabulous finish that lasts for minutes.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Drink now through 2015. (Web Only- 2007)

K&L Notes

From "The Best 1997s" in Wine Spectator, by James Suckling: "This is a blockbuster Merlot. Produced since 1991 on the Marchesi de' Frescobaldi's Brunello di Montalcino estate of Castelgiocondo, it's made from vines more than 20 years old. The 1997 is one of the greatest wines the Frescobaldi family has ever made. Full-bodied and almost Port-like just after bottling, the wine is now slightly closed and not showing as much. Give it time in the bottle to open again. This wine has a long future ahead of it." (10/2000)

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