Wine — October 5, 2011 1:35 pm

Brunello di Montalcino

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The Frescobaldi CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino has consistently been one of the most highly acclaimed wines in Italy. 100% Sangiovese, past vintages have received high ratings, including the 2004 vintage rated the 15th Best Wine in the World by Wine Spectator and the 1997 vintage, rated as the 8th Best Wine in the World by Wine Spectator.

The 2005 vintage exhibits layered aromas of wild blackberry, red currant and sour cherry, closely followed by floral notes of sweet violets and spicy characters of black pepper, clove and tobacco leaf. Cocoa, roasted espresso bean, vanilla and a slight mineral character add to the complexity of the nose. The palate exhibits a velvety mouthfeel, bright, crisp flavors, and noticeable tannins, with all of the components in fine balance. Fruit-driven flavors dominate the long finish.

A fabulous wine to accompany braised meats and large game, such as Venison. Also great with cheeses that are aged but not too pungent.

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