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2017 Marchesi di Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino

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April 28, 2024 - $56



93James Suckling

Dark-cherry and walnut aromas with some dried flowers . Cedar comes through as well. It’s full-bodied with round, juicy tannins.

92Wine Enthusiast

Smooth and full-bodied, this offers aromas of menthol, violet and baked plum with a whiff of scorched earth. The enveloping palate features fleshy black cherry, licorice and mocha framed in crushed velvet tannins that leave a firm finish.

90Wine Spectator

...cherry, berry and earth flavors quickly give way to beefy tannins. Leans to the dry, tannic side in the balance, yet has fine length.

90Vinous / IWC

...intense bouquet of medicinal cherries laced with autumnal spice and hints of camphor....juicy, racy even, with brisk acids enlivening the tart red and blue fruits, as grippy tannins slowly mount toward the close.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Quite a big cherry nose and bags of supple cherry fruit on the palate matched by grainy tannins giving it depth while contrasting the sweet fruit on the finish.


Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is regarded as one of Italy’s best appellations. Located in south central Tuscany below Chianti, the wines of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG are made of a Sangiovese clone called “brunello,” which means “little dark one,” a reference to the brown tones in the skin of the grape. Unlike some Tuscan appellations that allow other grapes to be blended with Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino is entirely Sangiovese. Montalcino itself is a picturesque, hill-top town not especially well known for wine production until the mid-19th century, when a local vineyard owner isolated the brunello clone and planted it. Other growers followed suit. Nevertheless it wasn’t until 1970s that wine enthusiasts started paying attention to Brunello di Montalcino, which by then was becoming an outstanding wine. Today there are 120 estates in the DOCG, up from about 25 estates in 1975. Brunellos in general are bigger, darker, more tannic and more powerful wines than Chiantis or most other Sangioveses. By law they must be aged for four years, and two of those years must be in wooden barrels.