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    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese - Tuscany, Italy

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    • WS95
    • WE90
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Spectator, 90 The Wine Advocate, 90 Wine Enthusiast

    Region: Tuscany, Italy

    Varietal: Sangiovese

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

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    • 16%

    Item no. 97986

    Winemaker's Notes:

    #15 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

    The color is deep and intense ruby red. The bouquet is rich, opening with scents of mint and ripe fruit which lead into spicier notes of coffee at the finish. The entry on the palate reveals perfectly integrated tannins complemented by a good but not excessive alcohol level and a well balanced acidity. The finish is long and persistent.

    With a bit of daring, this could be savored as a vino da meditazione, a sipping wine all on its own. Or certainly in accompaniment to end-of-dinner sweets, such as panforte. And, of course, with beef stews, braised meats with potatoes, cheeses that are aged but not too pungent, and large game, such as boar.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Shows a complex nose of blackberry, tanned leather, sandalwood and cedar. Fascinating. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Concentrated yet balanced. Beautiful and complete. Best after 2011.

    95 Points
    Wine Spectator

    The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is a big, super-ripe wine bursting with fruit. This deep, concentrated Brunello is incredibly fresh and vibrant. Although the sweet tannins make the wine very accessible at this stage, readers in search of a more complex drinking experience will want to give this Brunello a few years in bottle. The 2004 Brunello from Castelgiocondo is a lovely effort from the Frescobaldi family and one of the finest vintages to be produced at the property. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2022.

    90 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Frescobaldi's Castelgiocondo estate was named in the on-going Brunello fraud scandal. Despite the legal troubles, this year's Brunello asserts itself with pride and determination. It seems very different than past vintages because, here, the focus is on feminine aromas of honey, maple syrup, sweet cassis and candied fruit.

    90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast
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    thatrick (5/9/2012)
    I also tried this wine on the WS review and like Vegas Dave I was not disappointed either. This is a spectacular bottle of wine. This wine has a nice deep ruby color, great nose, solid structure, complex flavors, nice mid-palate and a super silky smooth finish. Wow
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    Vegas Dave (9/17/2010)
    Tried this wine based on the WS review and was not disappointed in any way. The long silky finish is just lovely and seperates this wine from most Brunello's I have experienced. My wife may have said it best, "This was nothing short of s*x in a bottle". I have bought more to be able to enjoy this great pleasure into the future.
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