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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
CastelGiocondo epitomises the spirit of Montalcino. It is considered to be one of the most historical estates of Montalcino, as it was one of the first producers of Brunello di Montalcino during the 1800s. The vines are overlooked by the castle and the small medieval town of Montalcino. The combination of the unique location of the vineyard, which is situated at 300 to 400 metres altitude; the south western orientation, which benefits from the warming afternoon sun; and the free draining marl soil culminates to produce this top quality Sangiovese. The CastelGiocondo wines are distinguished by their opulence, power and extraordinary longevity.
Budding began during the first week of April, taking advantage of the abundant water reserves left over from 2014. Dry and sunny weather during spring and early summer supported the vine’s early growth. July was very warm, with temperatures 5°C higher than average. Established agronomic practices, such as tilling the land in autumn, green manure sowing and canopy management meant the vines were not overly affected by the high July temperatures. Two significant rain showers in August brought some respite for the plants, the reduction in temperature resulted in aromatic wines with excellent concentration.
The high density vineyards are planted at between 250 and 400 metres above sea level, with 5,500 vines per hectare. The vines have an average age of 15 years and are Cordon spur and Guyot trained. Meticulous vineyard management takes place by hand. There are two types of soil on the estate, the first is rich in sand with a high presence of calcium, while the second is calcareous, rich in both clay and calcium with a more alkaline pH.
The grapes were hand-harvested with cluster selection and then pressed using soft horizontal presses. Fermentation took place in stainless steel at 30°C and lasted 10 days, while maceration on the skins lasted 32 days. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation. It was matured for four years before release - by law a minimum of two years in wood and four months in bottle. A combination of Slavonian oak casks and French oak barrels are used, imparting complexity to the wine.
An intense ruby red in colour, the wine expresses itself through clearly defined aromas of raspberry and pomegranate, which are further enriched by elegant floral notes. On the palate, the CastelGiocondo Brunello 2012 is harmonious and well-defined wine with elegant tannins and a sapid and mineral persistence.
Braised red meats or aged cheese.
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