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Producer: Marchesi de FrescobaldiGrape Varieties: 100% SangioveseOptimum Drinking: Within 12 yearsWine Style: A fine aristocratic wine - concentrated and richAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Italian
The Frescobaldi name goes back many centuries into the history of art, culture, trade and finance of Italy in general and Tuscany in particular. From the second half of the last century, the Frescobaldi's were keen players in the development of Tuscan vine-growing They were the first to plant new varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot and Pinot and to adopt new planting, cultivation and wine-making systems in their properties. From the second half of the 1950's and throughout the 1960's, the company's growth was impressive.In 1989 Frescobaldi bought the Castelgiocondo estate in Montalcino, the largest vine-growing farm in the Brunello area. Although the estates have gone through many changes over the years, ownership has never changed hands and still, after 30 generations, is in full control of the Frescobaldi family.One of the major and largest vine growing businesses in Europe, Frescobaldi owns nine estates covering over 1,000 ha of vineyards, all located in excellent areas for fine wines. Directly managed by its family members, Frescobaldi produces almost 7 million bottles and the wines are exported to over 60 countries throughout the world.
CASTELGIOCONDO, built in 1100, was one of the first four estates to produce and bottle Brunello di Montalcino wine at the end of the 19th century. The property is located on the Montalcino hills, 40km from the sea 250 to 450M above sea level. Castelgiocondo is set in typical Mediterranean woodlands and enjoys a steady climate over the years; very hot and dry, with a little evenly distributed rainfall and perfect orientation and exposure to the sun. With 152 hectares of Brunello vineyards, Castelgiocondo is the largest vine-growing estate in Brunello di Montalcino and produces an average of 700,000 bottles a year
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese grapes from the Castelgiocondo Estate.
Altitude: 250-450M Exposure: South, Southwest Age of vines: 28 years
Pruning: Spur pruned cordon and Guyot Vineyard size: 152 Hectares Yield: 35HL/Ha
Soil: Rich in marl, with clay, limestone, also rich in calcium Yield: 35KL per Hectare
Density: 3,000 vines/Ha in "first generation" vineyards and 5,500 vines/Ha in vineyards recently planted.
Winemaking: The grapes were hand harvested during the first week of October and then pressed in soft horizontal presses.. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at less than 30C and lasted 12 days. Maceration lasted 32days. Immediately after alcoholic fermentation malolactic fermentation took place.
Ageing: In Slavonian oak casks and in French barrels. 4 years of which at least 2 years are spent in oak casks and barriques and at least 4 months in bottle prior to release.
Taste: Clear hints of cherries and plums are accompanied by Brunello's traditional floral aromas of violets and lingering spicy notes. Concentrated and rich, well structured, this is a fine and aristocratic wine.
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