2004 CastelGiocondo - Brunello di Montalcino 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

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.

Drink Dates: 2011-2022
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 183

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

($65) Good deep red. Exotic black fruits, violet, bitter chocolate and sexy oak. Supple, sweet and a bit chunky, with currant and leather flavors carrying a full load of spicy oak. A very ripe style that's just this side of roasted. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins. Plenty of sangiovese character here but could use more verve. (Folio Fine Wine Partners, Napa, CA)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 145

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/14/2015
I am normally not a fan of older wines. After straying away from Italian wines, we opened this for our son's birthday. It is in prime form! Extremely well balanced. The dark cherries and currents blend into a smooth, spicy finish. Worked perfectly with grilled rack of wild boar.

Rating: 92
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/12/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2025

Rating: 91
Author: storms38
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 11/06/2011

Rating: 90
Author: Central Winelover
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 02/01/2012

Rating: 90
Author: Rossboss
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/24/2011
Drink Dates: 2012-2024
Opened and sat for ~4+ hours but really needed decanting. Great depth but was hoping for more fruit, Character was nice, very silky and lots of acid but definitely was not the pleaser I was hoping it would be. Still a solid effort - and there will be better Brunellos down the line.

Average rating: 88, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

2139 bottles owned by 655 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Sangiovese

Italyâ??s most popular grape, Sangiovese is the top grape used in Tuscany including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and many of Italyâ??s â??Super Tuscans.â?? At least 14 clones of Sangiovese exist which are grouped into the Sangiovese grosso and Sangiovese piccolo families. Sangiovese thrives in a warm climate and consists of over 10% of Italyâ??s vineyard acreage (covering almost a quarter million acres). Over the past decade Sangiovese has become increasingly popular and successful in California as well. Typical descriptors for Sangiovese include candied or dried cherry, citrus, leather, violets and tea.

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