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Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Lamaione Merlottext

Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Lamaione Merlot 2013

Tuscany, ItalyThe 12-hectare Lamaione site has always given a fairly powerful Tuscan merlot expression thanks to its southwest exposition, high-density paintings, and heavy clay subsoil loaded with limestone and mineral elements, plus a mostly dry climate during the growing season. It has been produced since 1991 on the Castelgiocondo estate in Montalcino, in vineyards that sit at about 300 meters above sea level. From the time they arrive at the winery, the grapes spend at least 30 days on skins before ageing 24 months in French barriques (90% new). A final year in bottle ensures the wine is ready for release when it heads to market. I love the exotic complexity here, led by dense, sweet, velvety tannins and a lovely combination of black and red fruits flecked with tobacco, leather, coffee, and smoky black olive. In a perfect moment to drink. Mushroom stews or risotto are good matches, or an aged piece of pecorino for a purist experience.Tasted: 02 December 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$66.00750mlspecialty listing
AB$62.00750mlfine wine shops
QC$55.00750mlfine wine shops
CDN$90.00750mlselect private retailers, government monopoly stores
Producer: Tenuta di FrescobaldiDistributors: Dandurand
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 375022UPC: 8002366139327