“Impressive” Brunello Nobility
When it comes to winemaking in Tuscany, there’s history, and then there’s Frescobaldi history. The traditions of Italy’s most famous region practically begin with Marchesi Frescobaldi’s family, producers since 1308 and noted purveyors to no less than Michelangelo and Henry VIII. This noble clan’s wines extend an unbroken legacy tracing back to that extraordinary period of Florentine history. Our small allocation of the 93-point 2005 Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva presents a rare opportunity to own a piece of that history. In his review, Robert Parker raves it is “a decidedly opulent style for Brunello” and an “impressive effort.” Elsewhere $120. $99 per bottle on Wine Access — in perfect condition and provenance, direct from Tuscany.
Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi’s most celebrated estate, Castelgiocondo, is the jewel in the crown of the venerated company’s famed collection of Tuscan properties. According to Wine Enthusiast, the extraordinary Brunello di Montalcino produced at Castelgiocondo “delivers a modern touch to a territory steeped in tradition.” In 2005, Frescobaldi’s Riserva Brunello di Montalcino earned 93 points from James Suckling, who described it as full-bodied “with velvety tannins and a long and caressing finish.”
Among Italy’s strictest practitioners of grape selection, Frescobaldi’s methods consistently yield aromatic and intensely flavored Brunello from the Sangiovese grosso grown on the 37-acre estate. The fluctuating growing season of 2005 included a mild spring and relatively cool summer, but the warm fall that year resulted in healthy bunches of fruit that translated to a rich, concentrated, and cellar-ready red wine. If you missed out on buying the 2005 vintage nearly a decade ago, this is another shot at owning one of the masterful Brunellos of the vintage.