2015 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1477750 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a pure and beautiful Brunello with super fine and abundant tannins that are comprehensive and expansive. Builds on the palate. Full body. Round and firm with beautiful fruit and length. Lively and vivid. From organically grown grapes. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Aromas of ripe dark-skinned berry, violet, underbrush and warm spice emerge in the glass, along with a whiff of camphor. Full bodied and enveloping, the structured palate delivers raspberry jam, dried black cherry, licorice and tobacco alongside firm fine-grained tannins. It closes on an espresso note. *Editors’ Choice* (KO) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark 2015 is Castelgiocondo’s first certified-organic vintage, making it Montalcino’s largest certified-organic estate. Poised red fruits demonstrate underlying power. Savoury and velvety in texture, the fruit is clear and juicy: smooth with inner power. (MW) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark I tasted this wine next to Frescobaldi's Chianti Classico Gran Selezione from their Tenuta Perano, and the differences between that wine and this are enormous. The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino CastelGiocondo takes us to the southern side of Tuscany, and despite the fact the grape used in both wines is the same (Sangiovese), these two wine are as different as day and night. This Brunello gives you more saturated color intensity, more substantial weight and density that you feel on all the senses. Its extraction is much thicker, and the bouquet opens to aromas of plummy dark fruit, black currant, tobacco and spice. That ample width and power make this a good choice next to a grilled T-bone steak. (ML) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Bright, with cherry and berry fruit, shaded by almond, leather, tobacco and wild herb notes. Firm, dusty tannins gird the long finish. Combines power and grace. (BS) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/2/2021 | Send Email
The nose of the of this wine is deep, full throated dark fruit, cassis, ripe plums with hints of Tuscan brush in the background. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, structured and has super-fine, sweet tannins. The plummy, cassis flavors are still there but a more subtle, umami layered richness seems to be the over-riding character. The finish shows this is a wine that will age very well, but the supple, smooth texture will allow you to try several bottles before the wines complete aging development.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2020 | Send Email
Shows a complex nose of blackberry, tanned leather, sandalwood and cedar. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Concentrated yet balanced. Beautiful and complete. Needs some aging or Lots of breathing time.

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