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2010 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1212465 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of warm stones, dark fruits and walnuts follow to a full body, soft tannins and a savory finish. This shows ripe fruit and salty undertones that give it a wonderful juiciness. It's dense and tight now but will give so much pleasure in the future. Best ever from here. Inner quote mark (10/2015)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino ushers forth a new stylistic chapter in the wines of Marchesi de' Frescobaldi. Gone are those overt oak notes of cinnamon, dark chocolate and moist chewing tobacco. Instead, this fresh and streamlined wine renews its effort to put Sangiovese in prime positioning. The bouquet shows dark cherry, ginger and grilled herb. Instead of immediacy, this wine is engineered for longevity and that comes as a surprise considering that Castelgiocondo has historically been one of the biggest advocates of what is now dubbed "international" Brunello. With the 2010 vintage, this estate goes back to its traditional roots. The wine is young now and needs about five more years to complete its cellar evolution. (ML) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dark red cherry, smoke, plum, wild flowers and cedar are some of the notes that flesh out in the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino from Castelgiocondo. Ripe, soft and textured on the palate, the 2010 impresses for its silkiness and early approachability. Sweet floral and spiced notes reappear on the finish, adding considerable lift and perfume. This is a lovely showing from Castelgiocondo and the Frescobaldi family. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This fresh version brims with cherry, mineral, briar and tobacco aromas and flavors. Works toward equilibrium, with solid tannins, and finishes with a mouthwatering impression. (BS) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Pliant tannins and fleshy black cherry flavors make this an accessible young Brunello, with good freshness and notes of black tea giving a savory balance to the fruit. Inner quote mark (12/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This structured red opens with aromas of tilled earth, mature plum, toasted oak, leather and a whiff of cellar floor. The vibrant palate delivers crushed black cherry, plum cake, cinnamon and dried sage, with assertive tannins and bright acidity. It closes on a licorice note. Inner quote mark (5/2015)

K&L Notes

K&L Italian buyer Greg St. Clair points to the Bordeaux training of Castelgiocondo's winemaker, who has combined that education with Montalcino's traditional large oak cask aging. He says that this approach gives Castelgiocondo's Brunellos a "determined focal point, length, and mid-palate power that leads to bold, direct, and richly textured flavors."

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By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Thanks in part to the Bordeaux training of Castelgiocondo's winemaker, this estate is ushering in a new era of winemaking just in time for the 2010 vintage of a lifetime! This 2010 Brunello offering stood out immediately with dark fruit, herb, forrest floor, rose petal, tobacco, and soft smoke aromas jumping from the glass. The palate is equally intriguing, with lifted wild cherry, spicebox, mineral, leather, mouthwatering acidity, and fine tanin bringing it all together. Incredibly balanced and structured, this wine needs a good decant to enjoy right now and will reward decades in the cellar!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2015 | Send Email
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Dried flowers lead the nose into an ethereal arena where dark, wild cherry, cedar and leather all come together in an extraordinary thrust. On the palate the wine is multi-faceted and seemingly at every angle another layer of flavor, this time smoky, the next time cedar, then wild cherry all dancing across your palate. The finish is taught, a bit of tannic grip drags the flavors and textures together and pulling them along to a long, intriguing and texturally exciting finish.
Drink from 2016 to 2030

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